|Starting Location: Maple Grove Hotel
Destination: Kennedy Creek
|Today’s Miles: 14.2
Total Trip Miles: 164.0
“Where there is sun, there is hope.”
The day dawned completely clear. It was as if the sky had finally heard my pleas & decided I had been through enough cold & damp discomfort. I was beyond relieved.
Saying goodbye to my family this morning was one of the most heartbreaking things I have ever had to do. I miss them terribly! The past few days really wore me down mentally & physically making this morning especially hard for me.
The trail was very different today from what it has been. I saw acorns & other different plants than what I saw the past 3 weeks. The trail wound through a magical bog section called Sawmill Creek Bog Area. There were hard, steep rocky climbs up to stunning colorful vistas.
The day slowly re-energized me. It gave me a new sense of purpose & once again proved I would be missing something truly special & rare if I quit before my journey is through. It was my longest mileage day thus far, was incredibly challenging with lots of straight ups & downs, & it was my very favorite, most scenic day yet.