Finishing up a thru-hike

On October 11th, the Sobohobos and I made it to the Canadian border finishing our thru-hikes (Gangles, Steiner, and T-bone still have 400 miles in the south still to finish, but they’re almost there!).  So after a month and a day for me, and an average of 5 months for the others, it’s time to pack up and head home.  Finishing a thru-hike can be a very bittersweet experience. You spend  a very extended period of time living a totally different kind of life then what you’re used to in the “real world,” where food, lodging, hygiene, routine are all flipped upside down. The end, though, can be tough, as your body starts to break down, adopting what’s known in thru-hiker circles as the “hiker hobble.” We also had to contend with some increasingly cold weather at the end with some frost and snow coupled with some rain.  When you
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Day 15: Great trail angel, nice weather, and great views

After our amazing breakfast and packing up, we all got back in the car. We had some last minute stuff to pick up as some people went to a Fred Meyers and Big foot and I went to a running store ( I needed some superfeet because I’d been having some foot problems and wanted to change things a little to see if it would help, superfeet providing some stronger support). Afterwards, Jon took us all to an amazing burger place for burgers and shakes. On the drive back up to the pass, there was a bit of a scary moment when traffic got stopped suddenly. When we finally drove by and got to see what happened, we could see what happened, we could see what looked like an H-D Ultra Classic, surrounded by emergency vehicles, including an ambulance. Then we noticed a guy in a stretcher, with a neck
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