It may not be the start we anticipated but we think good decisions have been made to set us up for a successful AT thru hike. As mentioned in our earlier post, we changed the plan due to weather and ended up starting our AT thru-hike Sunday by summiting Katahdin. We had already booked a room at a nearby Inn for Sunday night and part of the Saturday scramble was to figure out where we would stay the night. It was too late to cancel Sunday night and get a refund but the Inn was able to shift the date to Monday.
We ended up camping at Katahdin Stream campground Sunday night and then leaving to go to the Inn on Monday to avoid the rain. We spent the day hanging around the town of Millinocket with Eric’s dad. We kept joking it felt like any other day hike but believe once we we’re back on trail Tuesday, we’ll start to feel like hikers again. Two days into our journey and already our first day off (usually referred to as “taking a zero” as you have done zero miles).
After the grueling sunday on Katahdin, we were surprised our legs did not hurt the next day (Monday). The worst of our injuries were the excessive bug bites (Hayley had 15 bites on her face and neck…we will spare you the photo). The unexpected extra time off was nice, we were able to shower and catch up on eating.
Rain came and went throughout the day. Heavy at times, we enjoyed our lazy afternoon sitting on the porch at the Inn watching the rain fall, feeling good about the decisions made. We saw a lovely sunset over the lake across the street. We are excited to get back on trail and start the 100 Mile Wilderness!
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