Thursday, October 13, 2011

October 9

We were up at dark and on the trail a little after 7. The morning was windy but warm and clear. We had 5.5 miles of gentle uphill that were pretty easy and we took a break at a shelter before we started really climbing. I used the privy and feared the entire time that it was going to fall over; it wobbled from side to side. An exciting event for sure.
We started the first of four climbs today, up Gulf Hagas Mountain. It wasn't too difficult and I felt a million times better than I did yesterday. Next was West Peak, the longest and steepest climb of the day. We took a lunch break at the bottom and kept moving, up Hay Mountain and finally White Cap, at 3500-something feet. We had a gorgeous view from the top and guess what we saw from the northern side! Katahdin! It's a huge, huge mountain in comparison to the flatlands surrounding it. I got chills looking at it; it really does exist!
We saw more day hikers (where do they keep coming from?) on the way down, and I realized that we had crossed 2100 miles today! We've come so far.
Cheddar was the only other thru-hiker we saw today, at a shelter...are we the tail end?
We came to the east branch of Pleasant River, listed as a ford in the book, but we were able to rock-hop across and decided to make camp on the other side. We had potatoes, alfredo, and ramen for dinner split between us and I am ready for sleep! Tomorrow we are going to try for a 30-miler...something neither of us have done yet, but we're trying to summit on the 12th to avoid some approaching rain. Time for bed so I can get up at 4!
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1 comment:

  1. It must have been so cool to see THE MOUNTAIN after all this time of hiking toward it. Like seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Have a great ending and enjoy whats left of your great adventure.

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