Start Milepost: 2145.8 Time: 6:58
End Milepost: 2163.5 Time: 15:15
Miles hiked: 17.7
Miles to go: 30.1
Blue Side trails:
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I slept for twelve hours last night. It was Wonderful.
Yesterday I mentioned the schedule for summiting Mount Katahdin without providing any rationale for each day. So, while my Mountain House lasagna supper is being heated via body heat, let me offer my insight on what occurs with the caveat that I am going mostly by supposition.
Approach Day #1. I stopped today at Rainbow Lake campsite. It is not what you think. It has four fairly level dirt areas where a tent might be erected. I was the first one here and I got my pick. There is a piped spring near the shore. I chose this stopping point because it sets up a short hike to Abol Bridge tomorrow.
Approach Day #2. The hike to the Abol Bridge Campsite will be an eleven mile hike. It appears to be a private campground with tenting or a cabin. Both options offer showers (towels?), laundry and a breakfast buffet. It is the last spot to camp before entering Baxter State Park where camping there is by permit/reservation only. Rumor has it that there are only twelve spots (free?) for hikers at Abol.
Approach Day #3. The hike to a camp spot at The Birches is ten miles from Abol Bridge. I will hike there in the morning and meet Scamper at the lean-to that she reserved. She can park her Edge behind the structure but has to move it to general parking before we hike in the morning. I understand that there are two camping areas: one for thru hikers who have registered and one for all others. Scamper got one in the latter category.
The last two approach days give me something of a rest given that the days lately have been long in mileage and hours.
Back to hiking. I met Joanie at Wadleigh Stream lean-to. Her picture is nearby along with some creatures not often seen on the AT – goats who The goats carried their own oats. Joanie is a friend of PAM’s who will be along in a few days. Joanie will place a meal bucket at a designated spot so PAM did not have to carry them all from Monson.
I lost my AWOL charts today. When I noted them missing while taking with another hiker I dropped my pack and ran back for them. It was roughly a mile round trip. I never saw the other hiker again!
There are so few chart pages left that they don’t keep shape as I stuff them inside a Ziploc baggie and then into a cargo pocket of my shorts. That and my failure to Velcro the pocket flap allowed them to slip out. Scamper told me not to lose my charts again after I did so entering Shenandoah NP. I aim to please her.
I saw Katahdin from a distance of 16-miles as the crow flies. We bipeds will take 37-miles to reach it. That distance is now just over 26-miles.
Supper is heated.