After a 3 mile walk, I officially exited the 100 Mile Wilderness! The first dirt road is appropriately named the Golden Road. I’ve never been so happy to see a road in my life.After paying highway robbery prices to eat at Abol Bridge, I cranked out the 10 miles of the AT that lie in Baxter State Park and arrived at the base of Mt. Katahdin.I’ve spent the afternoon eating my way through Millinocket and reconnecting with Alan and Mary while I wait for my parents to arrive tomorrow. Goodnight from a full Blueberry at the AT Lodge.
I was scheduled to receive a food drop from a dear friend of ATOM this morning. Sure enough, I rolled down to Jo-Mary road with nothing but a snack bar left and there he was!
Thanks to Stephen Dean, I received a food resupply and 14 other hikers got some much-needed and completely unexpected trail magic.Pastor Stephen also offered me and a few other hikers Holy Communion-an incredibly special treat for all involved. I never would have guessed that the first time I receive the Lord’s Supper on my thru hike would be in the 100 mile wilderness. However, upon reflection-of course this is exactly where the Lord would bless me in that way!
As for the rest of the day, we got a much closer view of Katahdin and hiked in a conga line of 8 hikers leaving Pastor Stephen’s truck. We decided to play dance music on someone’s phone and did the Macarena down the trail for almost 5 miles. Oh how hikers entertain each other…Tonight we found a great campsite on a beach where I am able to see the Milky Way in all its grandeur.
As to always does after a rough few miles, today did get better! This morning we climbed White Cap Mtn and got our first real view of Mt. Katahdin!I am also the closest to running out of food that I’ve ever been which is a bit frightening at this juncture. However, he hiking community takes care of one another and my friends showered me in ramen noodles and tuna to bridge the gap. I’ve fed many a friend running out of food before, so it was nice to take my turn eating from the hiker pantry.
I didn’t take many pictures the rest of the day, but it was uneventful other than getting caught in yet anther thunderstorm downpour right before camp. Can we call it a tradition yet?
With a river as wide as the Nile running underneath my tarp, I bid thee goodnight.
With the heat and humidity continuing, we stopped well short of our goal again today. But hey, it happens sometimes…
We spent the better part of the day traversing the 4.5 peaks of Chairback Mountain with endless steep ups and downs.After taking way more breaks than we needed to avoid having to walk, we finally passed the 2100 mile marker. These are the faces of weary NOBOs ready to be done with the trail:Even though spirits were relatively low today, I was able to learn a lot more about these two chicks. Both are around my age and all three of us are in the phase of life where we are contemplating what’s next for us.
After the last of the Chairbacks, it was down to another river ford and back up the mountain to a shelter.We got caught in a crazy downpour the last 10 minutes before getting to camp which was plenty to soak us and all of our stuff. What a perfect end to a rough day…tomorrow will be better!
After a massive breakfast at Shaw’s this morning, it was time to enter the 100 mile wilderness. Let the games begin!The prospect of hiking 100 miles isn’t all that daunting…I’ve hiked over 1,000 to get to this point. The daunting part is having no way out and no way to get more food until the other side. Hope I brought enough!
It was also incredibly hot today! It’s been in the 40s at night and 60s during the day for the past week or so and today it was high 80s with humidity. Man, I thought I was done with that! Check out this sweat face…also, whoever said the wilderness was flat and easy was lying!Nineteen lonely miles later, I arrived at Cloud Pond and reunited with my crew. One day down, four more to go.