Saturday, November 3, 2012

Day 268 - the last long hike

Friday, October 26, 2012:

Yes, it's come to this, and it feels bittersweet.  Today's 19.6 mile hike brings me to within 5 trail miles of the 'finish line'.  So all that I have left is to hike a short leg tomorrow setting up a 'ceremonial' stroll to the finish line in Caledonia State Park - a stroll short enough that my family can do it with me.  Wow ... I can't believe it's really the end ... and just in time to let nasty old Hurricane Sandy do her thing.

Today's hike took place in mild, cloudy, hazy conditions.  I passed no viewpoints except this one from a pipeline clearing, but any views today were hazy ones.  Otherwise I walked mostly very easy trail through woods that have quickly become full of naked trees.  The leaf change and drop is mostly over.  It is always so quick to come and go, but somehow seems especially quick this year for me.


Here's the map and a link to more photos:

AT Day 268 - Chimney Rocks area at EveryTrail
EveryTrail - Find the best hikes in California and beyond

1 comment:

  1. WHAT?? You are two months ahead of schedule! You are so amazing, PJ. I can't even tell you how proud your "followers" are. I am seriously in shock and awe here... and to be honest, I'm quite sad that I won't be able to live out my adventures through your posts any longer. Your stories were worded so perfectly that I felt like I was there...I could almost smell the trees. :) (seriously tearing up here...)

    You've been a wonderful cyber friend and I will never forget you, Peter. Much love and please take care of yourself.

    Love to you and your family,