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

Washington!

written Aug 19, 2017 @ 01:13 AM after hiking 11.56 miles

Well, today's the day: I'm starting my third and final state on the PCT -- Washington!

But first, let's go with David and Jan to the farmers market, so I can eat all the things.

Like a pint of raspberries.

And a pint of blackberries.

And an amazing donut.

After that, it was off to FedEx to mail my final resupply package -- yay! Finally: time to hike!

The border between Oregon and Washington is a metal bridge known as the Bridge of the Gods, and it's quite the experience to walk across it. There's no pedestrian route, so you just hug the side and hope no one hits you.

There's usually more cars than this.

In the middle of the bridge (duh) there's this sign:

It's official.

Crossing the Bridge of the Gods was a surprisingly kind of overwhelming experience. I haven't really sorted it all out yet, but I think it's just that I'm finally here, after months in California and flying through Oregon, this is it.

505.74 miles to Canada.

Hopefully before the snow falls.

Phew.

I only hiked a few miles in -- there's a big climb immediately (it's a river gorge, so that makes sense) and I wanted to get that over with, but not much more. I'm going to take it easy for a bit, for the sake of my still-healing foot. The new shoes are wonderful, but there was still damage done.

It's not like these trees are going anywhere.

... or are they?