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Day 30

We ate breakfast and we’re joined by another SOBO who was hoping to dry off from hiking in the rain all morning. He was from Colorado and we shared our experiences of living near New Hampshire and hiking the whites. We talked about our game plan for the difficult resupply and camping. We reminisced about the miles we had just come through in Maine as he also had fond memories of Maine.

Around 11AM the sun came out and we started our day at 11:45AM. Luckily it was only 10 moderate miles and a late start wouldn’t impact our plans for Gorham since we already had a hotel booked and it sounds like Gorham is starting to get crowded from the SOBO/NOBO bubble collision.
Within the first half-mile we finally made it to our first state line! New Hampshire is finally upon us! We loved our time in Maine but definitely are excited to hike again in our “backyard”.
The rain made everything slick and we were slow moving to our halfway point for lunch. Some steep rock slides made us get creative and we did a lot of butt sliding. Hayley managed not to have one of her big SHELL SHOCK wipeouts! We made it to the halfway point, Gentian Pond Shelter, just as another thunder storm rolled in. We arrived at the same time as 3 NOBOs and had some lunch. There was a great view from the lean to and we watched the rain white out the mountains we were once looking at.
The NOBOs (two of which were Brits!) shared information about Gorham and their experiences so far, as did we for Maine. Based on what we were hearing we were glad to have avoided a crowded hostel and opted for a hotel room. Once the rain cleared we left and finished the last half of our day to our campsite. We had to dry out our tent and other items a bit more and look forward to our day in town tomorrow.  We can hear route 2 in the distance.

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