July 13th! Two months in! I've crossed the 1000 mile mark and will cross the 40% (1060 miles) mark tomorrow (because I have to finish on October 13th- exactly 5 months from when I started- I'm pretty close to the absolute "slowest" I can be traveling). I'm a little over 100 miles behind my original schedule that had me finishing on the 1st of October, but I'm not that worried. If I need to, I'll be jumping from my parent's house in Bend to Government Camp (or even Timberline) which will boost me forward at least 100 miles. At this point I'm more into the "experience" of the PCT than the purity of it (taking a zero here and there with family or for a holiday). I'm making little hops here and there but my main rule still holds: except for the Government Camp/Timberline jump, I'll never jump from one resupply to the next (always less than that).
(This 1000 mile mark almost makes me feel entitled. Like I could go into a restaurant and say, "I have hiked over one thousand miles to get here, can I get a discount?" It's also a lot of fun to be able to say "thousand" in the answer to all the "how far have you come?" questions)
Motivation: more often now I run into days where I am not very motivated. Almost every day I'm getting up at 7:30 or 8 and not starting to hike till 9 or 9:30. But my mood usually turns up around lunchtime when I take an hour or so to relax, eat, and read. Then I can usually pound out enough miles post-lunch to still make at least 20 for the day.
Unfortunately the PCT has lost its initial thrill of adventure- but I guess that eventually happens with everything. Now I look forward to going into a resupply and taking a break from the trail (course it's not like I didn't before) and I get that boost of motivation after just leaving a "town".
Almost to halfway! Canada, here I come!