I woke up to the sound of some of others in the shelter packing up, so I looked at my watch to see how much more time I had to sleep and just as I was picking it up, the alarm started to go off. I laid there stretching for a few minutes, and then started packing up. I was the first one to leave the shelter.
It was an uphill day. The skies were mostly clear, and it was fairly warm. Today was also a quiet day. I did cross a major milestone - now less than 500 miles to Mt. Katahdin
I stopped for lunch at a shelter at the top of the mountain. I hiked 10 miles this morning and I am still taking it easy, so all I planned on backpacking today was 15 miles. Having a lot of time, I used it to do some more planning. My dad and Max are coming out on Friday. Max will hike with me until mile 2,000 or so and my dad just for 1 1/2 days. I figured out where I will be when they come out to meet me.
The stream I had thought on stopping by for the night did not have any good camp sites near it, so I kept hiking until I found one. It turned out to be another mile and a half down the trail.
These past few days of hiking low miles have really given me an abundance of time to reflect on my expedition so far. In that way, hurting my foot has given me the opportunity that I wouldn't have had if I was still pushing additional miles. I realized, not for the first time, but more clearly now, how many people are praying for me and rooting for me and I am truly grateful and blessed. I have learned a lot on the trail about myself and about others, experienced and enjoyed the beauty and majesty of nature, and from what I hear from others, I still have some of the most beautiful parts of the trail to go. I am ready to finish and yet not ready to be done. I still have a lot to do, but by the grace of God I will complete this journey. I am already looking forward to the next one, even though I don’t know yet where that trail leads.
Miles: 16 miles
Clarendon Shelter to Stealth Camp Site
Location: Latitude: 43.67406, Longitude: -72.84488