To Cap it all off

16 July 2017

Mileage

AT NOBO Miles – 454 miles
AT SOBO Miles –  84.2 miles
AT Total Miles –   538.2 miles
Today’s –  16.4 miles
Time –  10.25 hrs
Speed – 1.6 mph

Tonight’s Location: West Branch Pleasant River campsites

Today’s hike was tough!  It had plenty of hills especially White Cap Mountain to start the day off right.  This mountain was rough with many technical hiking up and down.  But the MATC (Maine AT Club) has added rock stairs…and I mean a lot of rock stairs.  Let’s say it was the equivalent of doing the stair stepper at the gym for say…5 hours straight.  And I’m not talking about it being on level 1…try Level 10!

It sure was a real workout after yesterday’s flat sections.  Anyhow, my legs hurt, but I’m glad that section is done and in the books.  It was the first big hill since Katahdin and it let you know it wasn’t an easy peazy one two threezees.

The best part of the climb was the views from the top.  It was a beautiful clear morning, so Katahdin (yeah, I’ve climbed that) could be seen in the distance.  However, all of the views were stunning and breathtaking…but the price was pain!

When you were done enjoying the view, I still had three more mountains before the downhill.  And those 3 (Hay Mountain, West Peak and Gulf Hagas Mountain) would have been tough all by themselves…but they were one after another.

As I passed the Sidney Tappen Campsite, I got water from the Spring.  It was a cool 200 yards down a hill.  I should have left my pack at the campsite and fetched a pail of water from the spring, but nope…dumb me carried my pack down and back up that steep hill.  What was I thinking.  I considered dropping the pack several times along the blue blaze trail (a trail off the AT to water, privy or other location), but never did!

Also, the Campsite was packed with tents, but no one was around?  It wasn’t until I was climbing the trail out that I ran into this maintenance trail crew.  THANKS for your work!

I am a little further on the trail than originally planned.  Today, I was going to stop at the Carl A. Newell Lean-to, but it was only 10 miles and I was there before 1pm.  So..new plan.  I added 6 miles to make it here tonight and have hills 1st thing tomorrow.

Tomorrow will be a 15 mile day, followed by a 12 mile day so that I can nero (3miles) going into Monson.  There I plan to nero and zero to rest the legs after the 100 Mile Wilderness.  I also plan to eat very well.  I heard Shaw’s Hiker Hostel has a killer breakfast with endless Blueberry Pancakes.  If I time it right, I might get ut 3 days in a row since I love me some Maine Blueberries.

Best event of the day happened early this morning.  Right after leaving camp at 6am, I passed a pond and…

You guessed it, I saw a MOOSE!  Isn’t he awesome looking?  However, he raised his nose right after I arrived…must have smelled my hiker funk.  It was too much for him so he departed.

All in all it was a good day.  However, I’m sorry to say I took another hiker from Hiking Your Own Hike.  Laurence followed me to the river campsites…I hope it doesn’t impact him later on.  I know how easy it is to get pulled in to another hikers hike. 😕

BTW The feet are doing okay.  I popped the blister on my little toe…what a relief. However, I still have some others developing.

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