Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #155 - October 2, 2003
7:15 PM - Had a great night at the campsite with
everyone – Morph, Moonshadow, Sherpa, Geo, Chemo, Slow-Ride,
Froggie Pete, & Right-On. We had some beer & a fire & a
ton of junk food, of course.
Today we slept in – maybe until 7 or so,
hah! Hung around at the site more & down at the store, too.
Had a beautiful view of Katahdin from Abol Bridge in the morning
sun. Didn’t leave the store until maybe 9 or so. Were kind
of hoping Loser would show up since we hadn’t seen him since
our river crossing escapade & were really starting to get worried.
Had a lazy day of hiking, then, really. Only
10 miles. Stopped in at Daicey Pond Campground for lunch. After
that it was only 2.5 miles to Katahdin Stream Campground. It really
hit me, then, that this was like our last bit of Trail. Our last
piece of real Trail before the mountain. Took our time & got
to Katahdin Stream where we saw all kinds of familiar faces. We
hung out for awhile in the cold & talked & ate. Started
drizzling not too long ago – kind of a sleet, really, and
now we’re in the tent listening to that familiar pitter-patter
or rain on the top.
One more day. 5 miles up, 5 down, and it’s
done. Not really sure that I’m excited. I’m feeling
a bit of anxiety about the climb. I’m just waiting for the
relief, the weight of the Trail to lift off my shoulders, float
away, & leave nothing but pleasant memories to ponder as I
sit in a big armchair somewhere by a fire, sipping hot coffee and
looking out the window.
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