Date: Thursday, 05 October 2017
Start: Where the PCT crosses Bucks Lake Road at Mile 1265.4, 5518 ft
Finish: Where the PCT crosses Bucks Lake Road at Mile 1265.4, 5518 ft
Daily Miles: 0.0 PCT, 2.0 in town
Total PCT Miles: 2586.0
Weather: Cool to mild and sunny.
Accommodation: Room at Gold Pan Lodge, Quincy
Breakfast: Bagel & cream cheese, ham & cheese omelette, toast & jam
Lunch: Tuna sub & choc chip cookies
Dinner: Soup, fettucine alfredo, ice-cream & tapioca
Pictures: No pictures today
Position: Click here.
Map: Click here for Google Map
I had a relaxed day, doing the usual chores, plus having a haircut. It was a beautiful day in Quincy, a picturesque old mining town that is the county seat for Plumas County. Pumpkins and Halloween decorations were prominent, giving the place an autumnal feel.
My mood has been mellow and contemplative. Although very conscious that I have been keenly anticipating the finish of my trek for months, now that moment is nearly here, I also know I am going to miss my trail life. Of course, the easier trail of the last week or so, the superb hiking weather, the beautiful old growth forests, a now-finely-tuned hiking body, and the comfortable solitude of the near empty trail may all be conspiring to give me this feeling. However, I think it is more than that. I’m going to miss the anticipation of what each day will bring, the challenge of responding to the unexpected, the focus on the basics – water, food, shelter – of life, the self-dependency, and the joys of the “zero” days.
I’m sure there will be a lot more contemplation over my final three days of hiking, which start tomorrow.