Day 149: I’m a THRU HIKER!!!
Day 149, 9/23/23
Abol Bridge to Mt. Katahdin
10.3 miles, mile 2,198.4
I DID IT!!!! I’m a thru hiker! I truly can’t believe it. I thought that I would cry when I saw that sign but I didn’t. I think I’m just relieved it’s over. The weather today couldn’t have been better. Great weather and a weekend means that the trail was absolutely packed. There were well over 100 people on the Hunt Trail today. Luckily we were able to scurry around a lot of people and we made it to the summit very fast coming from Abol Bridge. We didn’t sit down the whole 10 miles, I was too excited for a break. When we got above treeline it turned into rock climbing for a mile or so which is always fun for us. This is where a lot of the bottlenecking happened, but it really wasn’t that bad considering how many people were up there.
When we finally got to the sign and took our picture, everyone at the summit cheered for us which was a great feeling. Lots of people came over to congratulate us and ask us questions about the trail. The hike down seemed never ending but when we got to the parking lot Mom and Dad were waiting with some champagne and cheering.
I’m really proud of myself. This hike was not really what I expected it to be, but I am happy I did it. I didn’t have the time of my life, and I don’t think I will be thru hiking any other trail. I’m more of a day hiker and a car camper, and am excited for those activities to resume next summer. There were certainly good moments on the trail, and some aspects I probably will miss. But for now, it’s time for a hiking hiatus (yay), and a job (boo).
Some things I’m excited for post trail are: my bed, daily showers, my pup, real food, actually sleeping at night, not hiking 18-25 miles every day, not having to hike in the rain, dry feet, and seeing my friends and family again.
Thank you so much for all the words of encouragement, and the support from my family and friends kept me going to the end. I truly couldn’t have done it without you all.
Oil Change is signing off!
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