Day 56 (Horn’s Pond to stealth site near East Carry Pond)

Everyone in the shelter was moving slowly this morning. I didn’t start hiking until 8:00.

I hiked a few miles with the Hiking Vikings. Sir Viking does very well at keeping his feet dry. Lady Viking and I aren’t as skilled in this area. I think longer legs help.

We discussed our plans to make the canoe shuttle hours at the Kennebec river crossing. My plan for the day was to hike as many miles as possible and then get up early the next day and hike like a mad woman to make the shuttle.

At the start of the day, we are 31 miles away and the shuttle only runs from 9:00 to 11:00. The first part of the day was in the Bigelow Mountains. I’m glad I had good weather for this. I passed the 1000 mile mark for my hike today. Yay!

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Day 55 (Spaulding Mountain to Horn’s Pond Lean-to)

It was raining when I woke up this morning and it rained all day. I didn’t take very many pictures because I didn’t want to get my camera wet. Also, I got cold if I stopped too long. Perfect hypothermia weather……but I stayed dry and warm.

It would have been so easy to go into town after 9 miles. However, I needed to keep hiking. Too many short days lately. When I arrived at the shelter, I was happy to see The Hiking Vikings were there. Jean from Canada was also there. The four of us chatted and laughed until time for bed. This is only the 3rd time I’ve slept in a shelter. I was able to hang up my tent in the shelter and dry it out.

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