We woke at the normal time and packed up and headed out just after the Swede. At 3 am, everyone in the shelter, except Max, had to get up to go to the bathroom at almost the same time. It was another great day of hiking, tough and beautiful. It started easy and got harder as we got closer to Maine.
We hit two major mile markers today, one was making it into Maine and the other was hitting 1,900 miles. If all goes well, we should be crossing mile 2,000 at the end of the day on the 18th, where we are meeting friends who have a cabin nearby.
There were a bunch of bogs today. I almost made it the entire day with out stepping into one. However, about 1 hour before we finished hiking, I was attempting a long leap onto a small boardwalk and I slipped right into one that went up almost to my knee. Max just smiled and walked around staying dry and then I knew why he was letting me lead. We kidded about Prince's Bride and were almost ready for spouts of fire to erupt unexpectedly from the ground.
We arrived at the shelter around 7:30 pm and met a man named Pretty Boy who we saw at the beginning of the day. We also met a couple of others, Elmer Fudd and Cast Iron.
We talked about a man named Knots who broke the record for fastest unsupported time on the AT earlier this season. There are all kinds of rumors about him. Some say that he bought all his gear from Wal-Mart, since no company would sponsor him. Others say he swam across the Kennebec River at 2 am. I also heard that he was planning on doing the triple crown of long distance hiking (which is hiking the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail) all in one season. But as the story goes, after completing the Appalachian Trail, the doctors told him that he should not walk at all for the next few months, at least.
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