I woke up to the sound of rain hitting the rain fly of my tent and wind howling through the short stubby trees on top of Bemis Mountain. I ate breakfast and packed up pretty quickly. I had 20 miles to hike to get to the hostel/food resupply by nightfall.
As I hiked, it became very obvious that the tread on my shoes was worn out. I was slipping and sliding on wet rocks, roots, and mud. It was cold, wet, windy, and just plain icky outside. I had planned to hike a short day the next day so I could go in to town to get new shoes. I checked my trail guide and realized I could get to Rangeley and the hostel if I hitched a ride at ME 17 that was just a few miles away. That would be a short day today and a longer day tomorrow when the weather would be pretty. I was nervous about hitching a ride though. Other hikers do it all the time but not me.
As I was hiking and thinking about my options, I came upon Lucky. I met Lucky at the last hostel. He is a really nice guy. He had changed his plans too and was trying to call the hostel to get us a ride. I hike faster than Lucky so I said I would see him at the road.
I arrived at ME 17 a little before 10:00. I saw a man in a truck parked at the overlook nearby. He saw me and got out of the truck in the pouring rain and asked if I had seen Lucky. I told him I had. Then he introduced himself as Hydro and asked if I wanted some coffee and doughnuts. I felt like I was dreaming. It was awesome.
We sat in his truck eating Dunkin doughnuts, drinking coffee, and talking until Lucky emerged from the woods. It ends up that Hydro wasn’t from the hostel, he had been reading Lucky’s online journal and had wanted to meet him. Hydro drove us to Rangeley to get shoes (Lucky needed them, too), bought us lunch, and delivered us to the hostel. Wow!
This afternoon, I went grocery shopping to supplement my resupply and to get something for dinner. Oh, and I bought some grapes. 🙂