Mile 2627.7-2650.1 (22.4 +8.5 to Manning Park)
My shoes are in tatters, my socks are threadbare, my legs move mechanically.
Then I am all smiles and laughter as McGyver appears and we are celebrating and taking pictures and reading the logbook. It is a beautiful hot day and I just finished walking from Mexico to Canada.
I set out for the final 8.5 miles to Manning Park. McGyver catches up in the last mile and we walk together. I think we are both lonely. At Manning Park, I sit for a while in the steam room. I think about Northern California and the last hot week on the trail, sweating in the forested valleys. This room is closed in ceramic tile and the hot wet air blasts from vents near the ceiling.
It takes a long time to get clean. I shower and do laundry and barely make it to the lodge restaurant before the kitchen closes. My meal is huge and festive. McGyver and I talk about the PCT and other trails over dinner, then make our way back to the lobby to wait for the 2am bus that will take us far, far from the woods.