Reader, the train never came.

None of us missed a step. Nobody stumbled and fell.

We crossed the river and found our campsite a few hundred yards away from the tracks.

Even with my pack off I was staggering on my feet while gathering firewood.

Boone told us later that after that one long day we’d made camp around 1am and eaten dinner around 2am.

That night I slept like a dead man.