Today I finished my thru hike. I was at the monument at 0850 and took a few pictures before heading on towards Manning Park.
I started early at 0516 because I was really anxious to be done and about getting from Manning Park to Vancouver.
I had a bit of climbing to do initially before starting a long downhill towards the border and the monument.
Today was a day off lasts:
I packed up camp for the last time.
Filtered my last water.
Walked my last PCT miles.
The trail changed a lot with rocky sections, some overgrown sections and some very good sections. Generally it was pretty easy but did not provide any good views.
Once at the border I finally saw the monument which was actually new, replaced just two days ago. Also I could easily see the clear cut border stretching away.
After a few photos and selfies I entered Canada and started towards Manning Park. Just past the border I passed a trail crew working on a campsite.
The trail to Manning Park was steep in sections but generally good. The views however were not really there due to reading in forest the entire time.
Once I arrived at the Manning Park Resort i took the complimentary shower and after that some lunch.
Then I started trying to hitch a ride towards Vancouver.
As I was trying to hitch another hiker arrived and it took us a bit more than an hour to get a hitch. The hitch was really good since we got a ride all the way to Chilliwack which is close to Vancouver. From there we both took the Greyhound bus to Vancouver.
On the way to Vancouver I booked my expensive flight home for the next day and a hotel room for the night.
Once at the hotel room I started feeling the exhaustion hitting me. I have not been getting more than 6 hours of sleep the last many nights.
To celebrate my completion I had dinner at a steakhouse. After this I prepared for the journey home in my room.