Day 205 Saturday October 14, 2017 Miles: 2089.5 - 2105.6 Completed: 16.1 Time: 6:04am - 6:48pm Weather: Cool and sunny Tenting in Gulf Hagas Parking Lot Second day slack packing in the 100 mile wilderness. Shortcake and I have it so good with Batman's help. Don't think for one minute we don't have what it takes to do this without his assistance. We've already proven that we do. But it sure is nice to shed what weight when we can from our packs. Maine has interesting names fo
Day 204 Friday October 13, 2017 Miles: 2078.6 - 2089.5 Completed: 10.9 Time: 6:47am - 4Pm Weather: Sunny and cool Temperatures are consistently getting cooling. They were below freezing again last night. It's a nice relief. Cold nights make for great sleeping and with the aid of air activated hand warmers packing up in the chilly morning is manageable. It was another beautiful day of hiking in the Maine woods. There was water, endless clear blue skies, Hardwood forests, a
Day 203 Thursday October 12, 2017 Miles: 2066.3 - 2078.6 Completed: 12.3 Time: 6:11am - 4:00pm Weather: Below freezing start, sunny and cool Tenting at Leeman Brook Lean-to We have entered the last major section and probably the most logistically challenging for most thru hikers, The Hundred Mile Wilderness. Shortcake and Black Bear entering the 100 Mile Wilderness. The majority of thru hikers stop in Monson, Maine for one last chance of civilization for rest and resupply.
Day 202 Wednesday October 11, 2017 Miles: 2053.3 - 2066.3 Completed: 13 Miles Time: 6:22am - 4:50pm Weather: Sunny, warm, yet cool when stopped If there is one vice in this world I have it's my addiction to Moxie. It's a carbonated beverage popular among Mainers. Moxie is flavored with gentian root extract which is very bitter. It's one of those tastes you either love or despise. I am of the prior. It was first produced around 1876 as a medicine called "Moxie Nerve Food". It
Day 201 Tuesday October 10, 2017 Miles: 2018.6 - 2053.3 Completed: 14.7 Time: 6:15am - 6:15pm Leafed Boards Getting Creative The Trail Lunch Time Just Logging Around Getting Ready To Butt Slide Furry Critters Natural Art Dare To Be Different Happy Hiking.
Day 200 Monday October 9, 2017 Miles: 2034.6 - 2038.6 Completed: 4 Time: 5:00am - 9:40pm Weather: Cloudy, humid and Damp Logdominium room at Northern Outdoors A four mile day is the closest we will come to a day off. We have gone way over budget on time off trail so we are taking full advantage of today with our 4:00am wake-up. Our other incentive was to arrive at the river crossing before any other hikers. The hike was rocky, rooty, and covered with damp leaves. Despite tha
Day 188 Sunday October 8, 2017 Miles: 2019.5 - 2034.6. Completed: 15.1 Time: 6:10am - 4:54pm Weather: Cloudy and rainy then cloudy and warm Tented at Pierce Pond Lean-to It would be an understatement to describe the trail as rooty and rocky today. Thanks to no elevation gain we were still able to complete fifteen miles even though the rocks and roots were damp and slick. Today was our first rain since returning to the trail and even that only lasted a short time mid day so
Day 198 Saturday October 7, 2017 Miles: 2006.7 - 2019.5 Completed: 12.8 Time: 7:04am - 6:20pm Weather: Cloudy, warm and windy on the peaks Second day in a row I didn't hear my alarm. It's not like me to over sleep. I am so very tired. My body is starting to take over. Every day I have chats with my body parts when they start to act up. I tell them they can't quit yet. We are not done. I promise them there will be spa treatments after the journey is completed. I guess the l
Day 197 Friday October 6, 2017 Miles: 1994.3 - 2006.7 Completed: 12.4 Time: 7:15am - 7:15pm Weather: Slight drizzle, cloudy and cool Tenting at Horn's Pond Lean-to First morning start without a headlamp. We didn't need to begin quite so early since we would arrive at our rendezvous spot before Batman. Guess, it was no big deal I over slept. One extra hour sleep is always welcomed. Too bad I couldn't take advantage of it. I don't sleep well at night. I haven't complained mu
Day 196 Thursday October 5, 2017 Miles: 1982.9 - 1994.3 Completed: 11.4 Time: 6:22am - 3:34pm Weather: Awesomely sunny and cool Tenting at Crocker Cirque Campsite I set out alone this morning wondering when I'd meet up with Shortcake. Sleep was nonexistent last night as I couldn't stop worrying about my friend. I had mixed emotions. I was scared for her well being and I was mad she separated. That wasn't wise to do for either one of our safety. Mixed emotions can be very