15.2 miles to Manning Park, Canada
2669 total miles
The last morning started with hot coffee and saying goodbye to Will.
The cloudy day was perfect for each of us retreating to our own thoughts. So much has happened since the Mexican border, the Californian desert and now.
And then we could see the border cut in the forest. And then the monument.
Bambi, False Summit and Big Sauce were at the monument when we got there. Lots of hugs, high fives and photos later Atlas and I sat down, boiled water and enjoyed a final Monumental Mocha.
We then had 8 more miles to hike to the road at Manning Park, Canada. It rained. It didn’t matter.
Grasshopper, whom I started this trail with, and Atlas’s very supportive girlfriend, Teresa, met us at the lodge.
I did it again! I’m amazed that for the fourth time I have had the fortune to hike one of our country’s great long trails end to end with no mishaps or missteps or anything else to get in the way of my dreams.
I’ve seen incredible things but the people are always the most incredible. Thank you to all those I hiked with, all the other hikers and nonhikers I met along the way, all the trail angels, all those who read and commented on my blog, all those who gave me rides, and of course my family and friends from home. It takes more than a village to hike this trail. I will always remember and appreciate.