I forced myself to wake up in the wet, black, night of a morning. Headlamp clumsily slanted over my rain jacket and hat. Shit. Battery's almost dead, just like my bloody feet. I had to wrap my tent over the ridiculously gigantic souvenir I so intelligently purchased for my last day on trail. This word cyclone vibrates fear through my veins, but it's really just a little synonym for storm.
I left early. So early that it was almost yesterday. Eerie silence. Calm and quiet. Just me and the moon. I was prepared. Five Bumper Bars and two bags of gummies in my right side pouch, a Red Bull on the left with my water bottle and countless hard candies hidden in the hip belt in case of emergency. I sat in front of the library to steal a few minutes of free wifi before running down the beach, at probably my fastest pace to date. It was going to be a 60 km kind of day, and I had to make it to The End, as my travel arrangements were booked for the following morning.
Someone was looking out for me because I tell ya, not a drop of water wet me nor my clothes for the first 25 k's. I was followed by a perfect blue circle of light... Rain pouring in all directions except for straight above. And then, the sunrise... The beautiful ocean sunrise. This brought tears to my eyes. I gave my momma a fat hug and grin, feeling her warm smile as she watched me with pride and joy for how far I've come.
A lovely local named Jason offered me a ride into town once I hit the road walking section, just two minutes before the absolute downpour. He's the frontman for an ACDC cover band and has the sweetest pit bull I've ever seen. Nine k's later and what do you know, my old hiking pal 10-Speed met me with the famed French Laura to lighten my pack and re-hike into Bluff.
We made it. We did. It was exactly 1.5 million miles from start to finish, filled with an abundance of blood, sweat, mud and tears. Actually, it was mostly filled with laughs, but that's not how the saying goes. The last day on a thru hike is always the best, and this one proved right. I wish I could leave you with some profound words of wisdom upon reaching my end point, but right now I only have one thing on my mind and it's that ITS TIME TO CELEBRATE!