/ˈzēˌrō/
(noun)
  1. No quantity or number; naught; the figure 0.
  2. A day in which no miles are hiked.

Canada!

written Sep 8, 2017 @ 06:11 PM after hiking 10.96 miles

My alarm went off at 4:30 this morning, but I didn't need it -- I was already awake. Partly, it was because it was a cold and windy night, which didn't bode well for sleeping in a hammock, but mainly: I wanted to hike. One more time.

Let me just cut to the punchline you know is coming anyway:

2,650.10 miles

After:

  • 138 days
  • 5,000,000 footsteps
  • 961,993 feet of elevation change
  • 3 states
  • Around 800,000 calories
  • 5 pairs of shoes
  • 1,000+ hours of hiking
  • 2650.10 miles

I made it to Canada.

The hike in was spectacular -- the wind cleared out much of the smoke, and the valleys were filled with clouds.

Hopkins Lake

After 11-ish miles, I reached the monument signifying the end of the trail. I sat down for a while, read the log book, signed it, ate cookies, and just generally lost myself in thought.

You'd think I would've used those 1,000 hours to think about what to write.

I carried these for 189 miles specifically for this reason.

Around 11:30, I decided it was time to pack up and head out, because I'm not actually done hiking...