We made it!

Day 55 Miles: 73 Mileage from start: 4,633! Our final day started as most mornings do: with a calorie load. We are coffee and bagels and yogurt and fruit and also snagged a pastry treat for the road.  We got going by 8:30, but it was already so hot and humid. We spent most of […]

To the coastline!

Day 54 Miles: 103 Mileage from start: 4,547 The heat returned in Maine and we spent the day soaked in sweat, draining our water bottles and dreaming of ice cream.  We left the campsite and got back on the route reasonably early for us. The heat made sure we never went too fast. By midday […]

The last long climb

Day 53 Miles: 108 Mileage from start: 4,444.4 The breakfast at the lodge was hearty and lasting. Coffee. Cornmeal pancakes sprinkled with coconut shavings. Fake bacon that tasted awesome.  After slowly negotiating the gravel access road back down to route 118, we had a little more up to do before the long down hill into […]

PCT Training: New Pack Test

When I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2009, I carried an Osprey Talon 44 the whole way. I love that pack! I still use it, regularly. I have taken it around the world as my preferred bag on flights. It is durable, generally comfortable — as long as I don’t over-pack it — and has […]