30 Days on Trail: Wandering Along the PCT
Everything in Its Right Place
It’s almost impossible to accurately describe the roller coaster I’ve ridden over the last 30 days on trail. I’ve experienced the entire spectrum of human emotions, from elation to capitulation and everything in between. Sometimes all in the same day.
I have seen the birth of friendships I believe could stand the test of time. I’ve seen glistening in the eyes of lovers, and the most genuine gaze of accomplishment after a long day up the mountain. I’ve felt the pains of hunger, as well as the sheer gratitude that follows a warm meal.
Out here time is pointless. There’s no need for plans, and the only obligations are eating, drinking, and hiking.
I’ve watched my muscles and hair grow and have started losing weight. I’ve never felt healthier in my life. But of course there is definitely pain. My feet hurt, my legs hurt, and no matter how much I eat I am always hungry. I guess that’s all just part of the fun.
When I crossed over mile 100 my heart was filled with a joy I have not felt in a very long time. It was unbelievable, at least to me. Even being such a small accomplishment compared to the totality of the trail I was truly proud of myself.
Those first 100 miles seemed to take years and then out of nowhere I was crossing 200 miles. I was amazed, not because I didn’t think I would get there but because of the pure satisfaction it brought. I got there because I wanted it, and now I wanted more. Somewhere down the line I turned into a mile-craving monster. I just can’t seem to walk enough in a day to suffice it.
Walking across the 300-mile mark and it really started to sink in: “I’m doing this! I can keep doing this.” There are many more challenges and trials to come and I accept them and cant wait to see what’s next.
The Trail Provides
So far the trail has been everything I could ever ask for and more. I could not be happier with the experience. This is hands down one of the hardest things I have ever attempted in my life and every single day is a small victory. The challenges and beauty alike. I can’t help but to feel that I am exactly where I am supposed to be.
More words with pictures coming soon.
Thanks a million to @frederickscottbeal for the amazing photo!
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