If zero days are The Chair if thru-hiking, then resupply w/family is the shady aid station on a hot course. Met up with Parker and my 2 younger kiddos (who are home from college thanks to the Coronavirus) at lunchtime today for resupply and a visit. It was really, really hard to say goodbye and get out of the warm SUV and into another cold, windy day.
Not gonna lie, I was NOT loving the trail today. It was cold and super windy (like North Dakota in March windy). The trail was muddy/boggy from all the snow melt, and it was hard to follow (I got off track twice & had to backtrack—grr). My knee hurts & it’s swollen. I was tired and missing my family. I spent most of the morning miles trying to convince myself that I needed to call 526.6 miles good enough and go home.
But, like that aid station, the visit re-energized me. It was awesome to see my kids—there’s nothing like laying eyes (and hugs) on your kids when you haven seen them in months. Parker—as usual—was The Best (seriously, fried chicken, biscuits and mashed potatoes). I didn’t want to go, but seeing them reinforced for me that going home isn’t the best thing right now.
I also got messages from 2 friends whose opinion I highly value, telling me they’re rooting for me—which really gave me a boost.
Bottom line: I’m still out here. I actually had a great afternoon hike (significantly shorter than planned due to the extended resupply stop). The trail was better, my mood was better, the scenery was even a little better, and I found a good campsite exactly at quitting time. Best of all, due to a mileage miscalculation, I realized I’ll get to a Flagstaff—and a town sleep—a day sooner than planned … that’s my kind of math error!
Oh—and I ended the day with dry feet!
Daily Miles: 15
Total Miles: 533.1