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MYTHmaking

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!!!!!”

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Peanut prepped for her final stretch of the PCT earlier this summer by hiking California’s John Muir Trail with her sister, Karen. [Photo by Karen Moon]
Peanut camped near Rock Pass on Wednesday, her 52nd birthday, leaving her just 14.6 miles from her destination.

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Peanut returns to the PCT

Peanut is back on the PCT, picking up where she left off in August.

She returned to the trail at 7:17 a.m. Thursday — 329 days after suspending her Pacific Crest Trail through-hike.

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.

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Elliott does — who knows what? — as Peanut, holding her 2018 mascot, Brain, bids farewell to family members before disappearing into the Oregon forest. (Photo by Warren Whitney)

Peanut planned to finish the PCT sometime in late July.

(Check back soon for a more comprehensive preview of Part 2 of her journey.)

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Peanut’s time on the PCT is over — for now

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Wine and cheese after 1,777 miles. (Photo by Scott)

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.”

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Goodbye, California

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.

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Almost done with California

Peanut stopped hiking Sunday evening at the 862.2-mile point of the PCT, leaving her 16.3 miles to return to Vermillion Valley Ranch and complete California’s portion of the trail.

She completed just less than 50 miles the past two days despite dealing with nausea. Peanut’s Sunday trek brought her 94-day total to 1,717.9 miles.

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