29 July 2017
AT NOBO Miles – 454 miles
AT SOBO Miles – 234.6 miles
AT Total Miles – 688.6 miles
% Complete – 31.4%
Today’s Miles – 16 miles
Time – 9 hrs
Speed – 1.78 mph
Start: Piazza Rock Lean-to
Stop: Campsite South of Bemis Stream North of Dirt Rd
What a cool morning! 51 degrees. When does it warm up in Maine? It’s hard pulling myself out of a warm cocoon of my quilt. However, I do like hiking in these cooler temps. And this morning was one I liked.
The temperature was cool, but without the wind that’s accompanied many mornings in the Maine mountains.
I awoke at 4am this morning. A little earlier than normal, but since it wasn’t yet light outside, I tried unsuccessfully to fall back to sleep. I could feel the cold cool morning in the air. At least I had gotten my hiking clothes somewhat dry last night.
I’d heard Rangely was a very hiker friendly town. However, with the last resupply in Stratton, it was too soon to head into town (I’m sure myWife is happy about that…no town no money spent! LOL)
However, it was good I didn’t plan a visit. First off, the Farmhouse Hostel was closed due to a wedding. And secondly, word at the shelter was Clint Black was doing a concert there over the weekend and there weren’t any rooms to be had. It was just dumb luck I had planned to skip it. Maybe someday I’ll come back to visit.
After some thought at lunch, I considered making today a big mile day, but reconsidered when I thought about what’s soon on the horizon (Mahoosuc Arm and Mahoosuc Notch).
Overall…a good day!
Great Stories from the AT
Last night at the shelter I ran into a man and his son (NarlyNate). NarlyNate graduated from Georgia with his graduate degree and decided to walk home to Maine.
His father was meeting up with him to hike Saddleback Mountain since this was the 1st big mountain NarlyNate had ever hiked. When the NarlyNate was 5 years old, he wanted to hike a real mountain. But his father was’t sure he was up for the big rocks. He finally agreed and the hike began.
After only a short while on trail, the NarlyNate was ready to go back down. However, after a short snack break they continued up.
There were a few more of these snack breaks but they finally made it…summitting Saddleback Mtn. And here a love of hiking and adventure began.
How awesome it is to instill the adventure and drive in our children and our children’s children.
I had a similar experience when my daughter hiked Pikes Peak in flip flops at age 6 or 7. She too is an adventurer and explorer. That was probably The Day I knew myGirl was strong. From that day forward, she has continued to impress me more than my imagination could have ever considered. StickGirl – YOU make me Proud to be your father!
I hope her daughter is the same…from the early indications, she will be!
Also, I hope I get to do the Pikes Peak hike with my daughter’s daughter when she’s 6 or 7. If not me, I hope her father continues the tradition.
The Daily Routine
Here’s a little snapshot of my day on the AT.
Wake up between 4:45 and 5am
Get my pack ready inside the tent
Pull everything outside the tent
Drop my food bag from the bear line
Pack up the tent
Stuff my backpack
HIKE usually starts within 30-45 minutes of getting up
Have my 1st snack of crackers around 7am
Follow on snacks about every 2 hours of chewy granola bars or Nature Valley almond bars
Stop for Lunch between 1130-1230
Find a water resupply
Eat fruit snacks for afternoon energy and bars
Arrive in camp hopefully before 4pm
Throw bear bag line up in tree
Get water for tonight and tomorrow’s morning hike
Get washed up to remove trail dirt and mud
Eat at 5pm
Chill out with other campers
Hang food bag
Between 6 and 6:30pm get inside tent
Change into bed clothes
Write blog and read
Asleep/lying down around 8pm
I used to be a Day Hiker…
Now I’m an EVERYDay Hiker!
There IS a Big difference.
Flip GA to VA
Flop ME to VA
“On the road to Damascus”
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