Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #154 - October 1, 2003
3:50 PM - Happy Birthday, Elle! Wow - I've really
missed so much being gone for 6 months.
But - we're OUT! Out of the 100 Mile Wilderness
and snuggled up almost at the foot of Katahdin! Woke up early (thanks
to Morph & Moonshadow for getting us on the up-before-dawn
schedule!) around 5:30. It was a very cold night, but we managed
to drag ourselves out of our bags & the tent in the pre-dawn
darkness. Enjoyed the last of our cereal & some tea while catching
glimpses of a red sunrise over the stream and through the trees.
After that, we were actually the first of probably 10 or so others
to hit the Trail - at 7:00 AM. It was still cold, of course. Left
in our jackets and mittens. Thought we might see a moose being
so early, but no such luck. Had a nice easy hike and made great
time. Our last 15 mile day!
When we got to the next shelter, had a cool surprise.
Teflon, Slug, Tunnel Vision, & Bull were all there with a fire
going, taking the day off. They had decided to skip part of the
100 Mile Wilderness (they have a car to be able to jump around)
and had a bunch of extra food. They unloaded all kinds of good
stuff on us - Snickers, Milky Ways, Starbursts, etc. The chocolate
was much needed & appreciated! Talked for awhile & then
moved on. 3 miles to Abol Bridge & the store!
Got to the sign marking the north end of the
100 Mile Wilderness and breathed a sigh of relief. We had arrived!
Went to the store and snacked of course. Picked up some more food
for the next couple of days, too. We're camped across the road
from the store. 15 miles from the end - the very end.
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