Peanut hiked to the Pacific Crest Trail’s northern terminus, near Monument 78, which marks the U.S-Canada border, at noon on Thursday, completing a 2,650-mile journey that began almost 27 months earlier.
“I’m here!!!!!” she texted Dave after her arrival. “Woohoo!!!!!
“I have completed the PCT!!!!!”
Peanut camped near Rock Pass on Wednesday, her 52nd birthday, leaving her just 14.6 miles from her destination.
Peanut’s brother Scott and her nephews Boone, Warren and Elliott dropped her off 20 miles north of Hyatt Lake Resort in southern Oregon. By 4 p.m. Thursday she had covered 20 miles of the 880-odd miles remaining in her journey.
Peanut planned to finish the PCT sometime in late July.
(Check back soon for a more comprehensive preview of Part 2 of her journey.)
The Pacific Crest Trail exacts a toll on even the strongest hikers.
They deal with sore muscles and joints. The monotony of hiking almost all of their waking hours — day after day after day. Setting up a tent. Breaking down a tent. Eating nuts and twigs for meals on end.
Peanut, when she found a spot with cell service on Thursday morning, called Dave and told him she was done with her adventure. Her feet ached badly. She was tired of the sameness of the days.
And, frankly, she told him, “I want my life back.”
Peanut and Scott were headed north to Ashland, Ore., on Tuesday afternoon after spending Monday night at Vermilion Valley Resort.
Peanut waited for the VVR ferry with about 12 other hikers on Monday afternoon as thunderstorm activity delayed the boat’s launch. Peanut informed the other hikers that the ferry was on its way after receiving a text on her GPS unit from Dave who talked to Scott who was at VVR using the resort’s satellite phone.
Peanut around 2:30 Monday afternoon arrived at the point of the PCT where she stopped on July 10 to take a break.
She was waiting at Lake Thomas Edison late Monday afternoon hoping the 4:45 ferry would arrive from Vermilion Valley Resort. Scott reported from VVR that extreme thunderstorm activity caused at least a delay in the ferry’s schedule.