Morgan Stewart Memorial Shelter to Stormville, NY (4 miles)
This morning I packed up camp and hiked four miles to the trailhead. My parents picked me up for a family wedding and I left the trail without any remorse.
On this trail I was seeking companions like the great friends I found on the PCT, but I didn’t find anyone at all to hike with. It would have been fun to linger in town and scenic lakes with a partner, but I hardly met anyone heading my direction. Most southbounders I met were going slower than I wanted to and I didn’t meet anyone I wanted to hold back for. In a catch-22, I’m moving fast because I’m alone and I’m alone because I’m moving fast.
I may not have made any lifelong friends like I’d hoped, but I did learn to keep myself good company. This might be even better. Like they say, the trail gives you what you need, not necessarily what you want.
It is without any sadness that I am thanking the trail for what it gave me, and then walking away for good. I am ready to call Stormville, NY my southern terminus