And now her life will be forever ruined as she tries to figure out how to get back on another long distance trail.
"if I didn’t finish this trip, I’d be dragging it behind me forever."
Oh boy, can I relate to that. I think about my trip last summer on CT every. single. day. Sometimes I have a hard time letting myself look back on the experience in a positive light because I "didn't do the whole thing."
That said, this also helps put things into perspective. She didn't do the whole thing and had a very transformative experience. At what arbitrary mileage marker are you considered "changed"?
Thankfully I will have the opportunity to correct the mistake next summer.