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Monday, August 17, 2009

Signs of Passage

trail entering Chippewa National Forest
where the NCT enters the Chippewa NF at the east on County Rd 132 (photo by JHY)

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by JHY

The pavement walk from the Chippewa to the Kekekabic is done! My total came in at 183.2 miles (which included a 3-mile detour we had to take one day). Even though there were some beautiful moments, that many miles of pavement will never be my favorite. Here are just some signs of the passage. When we reached the sign that said 15 miles to Ely we felt like we were actually getting somewhere even though there were 2 1/2 more days to walk. Ely is a big hiking/camping/canoeing/biking center and we felt like we were among those who understood instead of being two crazy ladies out walking a hot road.

Now we are headed into the woods today with backpacks to do the final miles I have left on the Superior Hiking Trail.

sign leaving Chippewa National Forest
(photo by JHY)

sign entering Superior National Forest
(photo by JHY)

Ely sign
(photo by JHY)

Kekekabic Trail sign
connecting with the May hike! (photo by JHY)

It's really hard to describe the thrill of connecting with the location where our wilderness hike ended this May. Note the same signpost as in Home, the Hike Was Great!, (with a lot more greenery evident.)

1 comment:

Icy BC said...

What an incredible journey! I'm glad to see that you're having a great and tired time as well.