1050 to 1052
Miles hiked: 2 (Possibly the best 2 miles ever!)
(Note: “Day” refers to days since starting the PCT back in April. I got off the trail on day 64 at Tuolumne Meadows, PCT mile 940. I took 74 “zero” days to heal from the stress fracture. Those days off the trail were still part of my journey.)
Starting out for my first backpacking trip on the PCT in 10 weeks since the stress fracture, I was filled with uncertainty. I half expected my foot to completely fail again. I feared reinjury, more setbacks. Could I trust my foot again? I didn’t know.
The past weeks since getting out of the CAM boot, I had been carefully building up strength on incrementally longer dayhikes with my pack (up to 7 miles) and giving my foot extra time to heal by cross training every other day. Now I was setting out for a 28 mile backpacking trip that I planned to do over the course of three nights- more than I’d done since the injury but I hoped it wasn’t too much of a stretch. I tried not to think about how before my injury, I could do 28 miles in a single day. Jim (PITA) had recommended this section as an easy place to start back, and Renee (Pathfinder) had taken extensive notes for me when she passed through about the terrain. Still, I made backup plans with Steph in case something happened to my foot and I didn’t think I could make it.
|Steph drops me off at Ebbetts Pass.|
|What rocks! What trees! What sky!|
I was hiking like it was the last hike I would ever do. Like I wanted to stretch those miles out and make them last forever. As if I had to savor every single moment wholeheartedly. To appreciate the sweetness of being able to hike. It could be all that I’d ever get.
|Feet doing a happy dance.|
Then, I curled up sung in my hammock. Overwhelmed with happiness to be back home on the PCT.
|Yay I made it! I love this life of mine!|