I woke to the sound of my alarm going off and laid there until it went off for the second time. As I was packing up, I was surprised to hear G-G packing up as well. Most other hikers get up after 6:00 am, not 5:30.
As I passed the '2000' mile marker painted on the road, I noticed that someone had corrected it so was now accurate...
Today I had to cross the Kennebec River, which you can only do by ferry. The ferry, a guy with a canoe, only works from 9 am to 2 pm. Starting out that morning I was 18 miles away from the ferry landing. I hiked as fast as I could. I made it there by 12:40, and stopped for lunch on the northern bank.
Today and the next 5 days will be focused on getting in the miles needed so that on August 26th, in the morning, I will be able to join the rest of my family in summiting Mt. Katahdin. I will take minimum breaks and hike as far as I can each day, pushing my body harder than I normally would, so I can get to the finish line on time.
I did not run into any other NoBo today just a few SoBos. Which was odd, I usually see more NoBos than SoBos. I must be going through a SoBo bubble.
I found a place to stealth camp close to a stream. It gets dark out here close to 8:00 pm and light again in the morning around 5:45 am. I had to use my head lamp way more than I normally do to set up camp.
Flagstaff Lake Campsite to Stealth Camp Site
Location: Latitude: 45.25276, Longitude: -69.83056