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

Manning Park

written Sep 8, 2017 @ 01:54 AM after hiking 8.81 miles

The PCT ends at the border. That's where you hike your last steps. However, the monument on the border is in the absolute middle of nowhere. Once you reach the monument, you have a few choices:

  1. Turn around and hike 30 miles south to Harts Pass and hope someone drives the dirt road.
  2. Turn around and hike 50 miles south to Rainy Pass and hitch into a town.
  3. Continue on and hike 8.81 miles into Canada, to the Manning Park Resort (if you've obtained the necessary permits ahead of time, and are carrying them and your passport).

Now, I've done my homework, so I have my passport and authorization from the Canadian government to enter Canada via the unmanned border crossing at the PCT. So northward I go!

O, Canada!

Hike hike hike

These miles were awful because they don't count. I'm done. Why am I hiking for another 3 hours?! Ugh.

Oh well, I eventually reached Manning Park Resort, where I took a shower, got food, got frustrated with the Wi-Fi, and bought tickets to go to Vancouver via a bus that shows up at 2:00am.

And just like that, my adventure came to an end. I still have 117.44 miles to fill in (Crater Lake and Mt Jefferson), but that probably won't happen this year.

I'm still processing everything that's happened and everything I've been through and everything that's coming, but it has been an awesome summer. I still can't really believe it was real.

What a trip.