I'm writing this over 400 days after Day 150 and 151, and they still sticks out to me as very memorable days.
After days of cloudy, rainy and cold conditions, the sun finally started to break through this morning. Having stopped nearly 10 miles sooner than the rest of the group yesterday (the group planned a 30 for yesterday; I'd later find out they all made it!), I was on my own and content to be so.
Throughout the day I saw very few hikers and enjoyed many occasions of the sun breaking through the clouds. I stopped and soaked in the rays for as long as they'd stick around. I wasn't on a schedule, I knew I wasn't going to be able to catch anyone I knew ahead of me. So I spent a lot of time listening to music and reflecting on how far I'd come. Especially as I crossed the 2500 Mile mark today!
Near the end of today, I met Slingshot, who was struggling with some tight muscles in his leg. He'd be one of 3 other hikers I'd walk to the Canadian Boarder with.
With my intent to enjoy the last week or so of being on trail, I spent a extra time talking with the hikers I did see, gathering water and taking in the views. In my journal I wrote, "I feel very comfortable out here" and I knew when it was all over, I wouldn't be done with it.