I tried my breakfast with cold water rather than hot (TJ coffee, Hot Choc mix, instant oatmeal), and it was all pretty good so something to consider in the future. Walking out the final 2 miles is like a victory lap, and seeing the 1 mile marker has a completely different meaning! And just when I thought I was done… I stopped at 0.5 miles to take a drink, and heard an oink about 20 feet ahead on the side of the trail. A whole family of hogs starting running in all directions! If I hadn’t stopped for that drink, I would have been a couple of feet away… A final piece of excitement. And that was that – woo hoo! Final pack weight was just over 17 lbs. That was no food or water (I’d eaten/drunk everything), and no trash (I weighed after dumping it). Heavier than what my spreadsheet told me, some of which might be because things were damp. But a mystery I need to work out is where the extra pound or two come from between the “sum” of everything on the excel spreadsheet, and the actual weight. Reflections on the hike will come in a day or few – after I’ve had time to reflect. Trail is amazingly well maintained, tremendous kudos to the maintainers. I posted a photo of a fallen tree on day 2, and one of the comments was from the maintainers who had cleared it the following day! Wow. Generally trash free, which anyone can help with. Looking forward to meeting y’all on the trail!
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