We woke up around 6:00 in the morning. It hadn’t rained during the night but our tents were covered in dew. I was glad I would be slack packing today and not carrying that heavy wet tent.

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The 9.7 miles down into Erwin were pretty easy with some nice scenery. Laura parked in Erwin near Uncle Johnny’s Hostel and ran out to meet me.

I had lots of mixed emotions today. I knew my goal of finishing the trail in 100 days was a bit extreme but it was a good goal to aim for. I’m not sad about not finishing in that time. In a way, finishing on weekends will allow me to soften the transition period back to real life. I’m really looking forward to getting back out on the trail. It will be good to get home and see friends and family. It has been an awesome summer adventure. I will have weekend posts so there will be a few more posts with stories and pictures to come.

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