Shout Out – Umbrella Hikers

13 July 2017

Mileage

AT NOBO Miles – 454 miles
AT SOBO Miles – 32.6 miles
AT Total Miles –  486.6 miles
Today’s –  14 miles
Time –  9.5 hrs
Speed – 1.47 mph

Tonight’s location: Pollywog Stream

It rained last night so when I woke up at 5am this morning and I could still hear raindrops, I rolled back over and closed my eyes.  I didn’t want to deal with the wet tent!  Especially when the lean-to was wide open with zero occupants.  Everyone chose to tent.  For me, it was because of the bugs.

Bugs = No Sleep

In my own tent, I control the bugs and I’m getting pretty good at opening and closing my tent to reduce the invaders.

However, at 6am I pushed myself out only to find my tent mostly dry.  Good sight selection under a tree helped reduce and moisture.  This made for a quick teardown and begin hiking.  Just as I finished putting all my gear away the rain began.  So hiking in the rain was the schedule for the day.

This section of trail from the Hurd Brook Lean-to the Pollywog stream was brutal.  Lots of big rocks, tree roots and MUD!

My plan was to stop at Rainbow Stream Lean-to, but I arrived there at 2pm…too much daylight to call it a day.  Since DirtyEarnie and HungryFrench mentioned they were planning to continue on to Wadleigh Stream Lean-to at 19.6 miles for the day, I waited at the lean-to to see if they were continuing on.  They both looked beat after the last 11.5 miles.  However, they found a spot at Pollywog Stream that was a few more miles.  I asked if I could tag along and they were okay with that.

You see, the HungryFrench and myself have a food drop at mile 63 waiting on us.  I planned for 5 days and my current schedule works just about correct.  But getting to my food early on day 5 vs afternoon is good.  So the additional miles today helps.

The trail around Rainbow Lake was beautiful when I stopped for a “look see”.

 

Because I can’t afford to look and walk…it’s too dangerous.

So I stopped at a few spots along the way to just take in the view.  Rainbow ledges view of Katahdin is awesome.

The first view of Rainbow Lake was mesmerizing…so peaceful.

Lunch at Rainbow Spring…a sight to see.

Today, I sprained my left ankle twice.  I was beginning to wonder if I will survive Maine.  In case you are not keeping count — 4 left ankle twists in 3 days.  The pop from my ankle both times today almost brought tears to my eyes — or that could have been from the crashing to the ground each time.  BTW each time it happened on very normal terrain, not those bloody tree roots!

Also, a set of tree roots brought me face to face with the Earth.

Tree roots 1, me 0!

As for gear of the day, a shout out goes to my umbrella!

Tomorrows NEW planned stop is – Potaywadjo Spring Lean-to.

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