42 miles . . . 41 pounds on my back . . . 43 years and 11 months old, not exactly a vision of loveliness but healthy enough to be in the middle of the pack . . . 6 companions for the whole trip . . . 3 more for the last leg . . . 2 cooks that prepared incredible meals -- Asian and otherwise (including curry, fried rice, Korean sushi and egg rolls, brownies, apple pie, chocolate cake) . . . conversations that often resembled the mountain ranges in the distance -- breathtaking, wide and sometimes without points or slightly covered in fog . . . 1 friend turning 40 with style
That's the short version of the trip. Stay tuned for details.