The CDT is my fourth long-distance thru-hike. By the time I finish this one, I will have spent more than 530 days on trails in five years. That seems like enough time to experience just about everything a long hike can throw at you.
I know every moment of every day won't be enjoyable, but there is almost always something that happens each day to make it a rewarding day. There's bound to be outstanding scenery or gorgeous weather to lift my spirits. Or perhaps the day is made memorable by unexpected trail magic or an encounter with wildlife. And every day seems to be a good day when I'm hiking with friends.