Elaine and I have reached Cascade Locks on the banks of the Columbia River. We have hiked 1817 miles since we left the border near Campo, California. We accomplished those miles in 113 days. In those days, we had 5 zero days and 3 days under 10 miles. We will be leaving the trail here after a difficult decision. My sciatic nerve has constantly been getting worse making hiking and camping activities miserable for me. The amount of pain doesn’t let me do what I need to do. We will return home from here with family to seek out medical help to resolve this situation. We hope to return to the trail in the future to complete the sections we haven’t finished yet. Deciding to stop is very hard. Elaine has been supportive about this and I can’t thank her enough for her understanding and love.