Day 103...Solitude


I got a late start today, due to not getting to bed last night until later than normal. Nice thing that I was the only person at the shelter. I could be as loud as I wanted and not have to worry about waking anyone else up.

My system is on a very consistent cycle, every day at the same time (or within 15 minutes) I will have to dig a cat hole. Today, since I started later, I had to stop almost immediatley after I started hiking.

It was one of those days that was really tough, there weren't any extremely big ups or downs, but there were a lot of smaller ones and to top it off, today was hot and sunny.

Again like yesterday, I saw very few people, only 6 total. Four of the hikers were headed south. I am surprised of how few people I have seen the past few days, hopefully I see more people tomorrow.

The 100 Mile Wilderness is the remotest part of the trail. It runs from Monson, Maine to Abol Bridge, which is about 15 miles from the summit of Katahdin. What I gathered, from other hikers before I started this section, is that the first 50 miles are very tough and the last 50 miles are not hard at all. I am looking forward to the second half.

I decided that it would be a good idea to stop around 6:30 pm to get a good night sleep and hit the trail early the next morning. Thankfully there was a stream that I crossed and filled up water only a stone's throw from a stealth site. It's been a while since I have been this tired at the end of a day. I think the heat has a lot to do with it.

As I was typing up the blog it started to really rain. I enjoy sleeping when it is raining; of course, I enjoy sleeping all the time, and in fact it is one of my favorite parts of backpacking.

Miles: 21.3 

Leeman brook Lean-to to Stealth Site

Location: Latitude: 45.44920, Longitude: -69.28546