What do these numbers mean? Why should they come up? Will there be more like them? Surely this guy isn't into numbers? Actually, I like numbers. 17 holds significance in my life.
These numbers do hold significance in this hike. 500 is miles left on this journey. 1700 is miles I've hiked on the journey. Both came within a day's hike of each other. One was well marked. The other not.
Tonight I lay slung in a shelter with others celebrating these miles in simple ways. There's not much to say beyond so far so good, let's finish strong.