Week 22: Almost to the End (But Not Quite)
The next time I write a post, I will have summited Katahdin. I will be Molly Bybee (or Training Wheels), 2016 NOBO thru hiker officiale. I can say obnoxious things like, “Oh remember when I hiked the WHOLE AT?” “I bet that isn’t as tough as hiking 2189.1 miles.” In other words, prepare for obnoxiousness. Not that that’s a whole lot different than before. Juuust kidding, I’m not obnoxious at all.
Last week I hit my lowest point on the trail. This week I crossed the difficulty hump that divides Southern from Northern Maine, hitting the 2,000 mile mark and hiking my last 4,000 footer until Katahdin. While my last week of hiking can’t be categorized as super easy hiking, scaling sides of mountains is a thing of the past. However, to prove that it hadn’t been beaten, the AT rained on me for two days following Rangely.
There has been so little rain that I’ve been spoiled. I wonder if in future years past thru hikers will talk about how 2016 wasn’t a real thru hike because we didn’t have the rain the AT is famous for but whatev…
However, you know what time it is?? Photo time!!
On a less triumphant note, I would like to take a moment and share that I lost someone important this morning. He was a big proponent in me attempting this hike, at one point telling me that if I wanted to do a full thru hike, just f***ing hike the whole thing. There will be time enough to worry about adulthood, but when else will I be able to step away for 6 months?? For me, it’s really put into perspective the finiteness of life. We’re here for such a short time. You don’t know how long you have with those in your life. You also don’t know how long you yourself will have. Make the most of your time. All cliches I know, but no less profound at this moment.
Finally I would like to send a huge thank you to everyone who sent me words of encouragement last week, the Mother yet another package, Auntie Elisa, Karen, Sara Lovegreen, Michaela, Alex and Aunt Robin for their cards/packages. You don’t know what they mean to me.
Farewell, the next time I speak to you I’ll be an official thru hiker.
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