The Saddlebacks and Bigelows
More Record Rain
It seems unbelievable, but the rain keeps coming. I was fortunate to be far enough north to avoid the worst of the storms, but hikers and residents of New York and Vermont weren’t so lucky. Please keep them in your thoughts and if you’re fortunate enough to be able to provide any assistance, please do so.
Day 81 – Piazza Rock shelter to Poplar Ridge shelter (The Saddlebacks) (17 miles)
Day 82 – Poplar Ridge shelter to Rt. 27 (13 miles)
Day 83 – Zero, Day of Rest
Day 84 – Rt. 27 to East Flagstaff Rd. (The Bigelows) (17 miles)
The Final Big Boys
I thought I would never get here, but finally I’m beyond the Green Mountain, the White Mountains and the major mountains of southern Maine. The final 170 miles before Mount Katahdin should be somewhat less challenging, and I’m looking forward to it.
My trip through the Saddlebacks was another cloudy day but I found a couple photo ops…
The Bigelows Deliver
Finally! It took three states and the final major mountains before Katahdin to finally land a clear day, and the resulting views were phenomenal. The body of water is Flagstaff Lake. The ski area is Sugarloaf. I really enjoyed these.
In The Forest
Although views from the top were often lacking, I’m always fascinated by the forests below the peaks. They are not as photogenic, but here are a couple you may appreciate.
The Hostel of Maine
I’ve stayed in a lot of hostels. Without question, the Hostel of Maine is the runaway winner. It’s a beautiful log building that caters mostly to skiers, but they also love hikers. Beyond the structure, it’s super clean, well run, comfortable and staff is friendly and helpful.
Thanks for listening.
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