Day 142

Date: 25 Jul 2016 0946PM

Location: Stratton Brook Road

Today's Miles: 17.7

Total Miles: 2001.8

 

Woke up from our stealth site this morning covered in dew. Wouldn't have been a problem for me if my waterproof bivy wasn't the worst thing ever. I swear, it literally acts as a transport medium to bring water to my sleeping bag. Will do a review post-hike.

 

Good day otherwise with a few tough climbs thrown in. After tomorrow the majority of Maine's big climbs are finished, and we'll really be able to enjoy ourselves without getting slain by our ambitions to continue doing big miles.

 

Reached 2,000 miles today! What a great milestone to reach. The southbounders are pretty depressed about what they have left to do but as for us northbounders, we're totally stoked.

 

Hitched in to Stratton, ME for a light resupply and some dinner. Managed to get a hitch back out just before dark from Rain and Sprinkles, and found a stealth spot by headlamp.

 

It's a hot one tonight, but rain is forecasted. Sure hope to cools off.

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Day 141

Date: 24 Jul 2016 0915PM

Location: Perham Stream Stealth Site

Today's Miles: 15.4

Total Miles: 1984.1

 

Slept excellently last night. Johnny Rocket and I were placed in the overflow room in the basement, which was cool and dark with comfortable beds. Even when the sun rose this morning we were swathed in darkness and slept right up to breakfast time.

 

Local trail angle made an awesome breakfast spread for us. French toast, bacon, Polish sausages, English muffins, and eggs. It's always great to start a long day of hiking with a overly full stomach.

 

A couple who were staying at the hostel offered to drive a few of us to the trail head, which was super nice. After arriving at the parking lot, half the group wandered out of the woods from their stealth site so I went on in and chatted while they packed up.

 

Spent the morning climbing up Saddleback Mountain. Pretty tough climb but totally worth the views. Ate lunch at the top and drank a soda I packed out.

 

Spent the rest of the day playing catch up with who's left of the group. Ended up short for the day, but found a spot to cowboy camp for the night.

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Day 139

Date: 22 Jul 2016 1021PM

Location: Bemis Mountain Lean-to

Today's Miles: 18.8

Total Miles: 1951.0

 

Rough go today.

 

Cowboy camped last night, directly next to some beautiful, pooling waterfalls. Around 0600 this morning it started pouring buckets of rain on us, with us packing up in *record* time.

 

Walked the short distance to the road, managed to get a pretty quick hitch into town from a local hostel van that was returning. Good thing too, because there definitely wasn't any real traffic to speak of that early in the morning.

 

Got into town, did a quick resupply and sat down to a big ole breakfast. French toast, loaded omelette, bagel sandwich and a cup of coffee. Went down real good.

 

Grabbed a few extra supplies then hitched back out of town. Hiked ridiculously fast considering the terrain, ended up night hiking the last few miles to the shelter. Luckily there were just enough empty spots for us, and we knew everyone in the shelter so they were very accommodating.

 

Not sure where the rest of the group ended up tonight, haven't seen them all day. Really happy we got here before the projected rain.

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