When I woke up, I packed up my gear as quick as I could so that I could get as much hiking in as possible today. It was another beautiful day for hiking. The terrain was very nice with the exception of a few bogs. Thankfully, on top the first mountain, I had enough cell signal to send in the blog; something I had been worried about in the 100 Mile Wilderness, due to not having any really tall mountains to climb until Katahdin. Mt. Katahdin looms larger and larger ahead as I hike. It really rises high above the adjacent hills.
This morning, I was able to keep a good pace of 3 miles an hour. By lunch, I had hiked a little less than 18 miles. While I was stopped for lunch (at a shelter), a couple walked up just to check things out. They did not look like they had been out for a hike. Later on, I came to little cove, and there was a boat tied up there. I think it was the couple's boat: otherwise, they would haved to hike 10 miles and they did not look like could have done that.
Today, I saw only a couple more people than yesterday, making it a grand total of eight.
Lately, I have been stealth camping a lot. Stealth camping is the AT term for not camping in an official shelter or campsite. Since it gets dark enough to need a headlight around 7:30pm, and due to the fact I have been going as far as I can hike each day; the shelters often don't end up being in the right places. The shelters and campsites are many times either too close or too far to make it before dark. Tonight, for instance, I was to considering going to the nearest shelter, but it would have been about 8 pm before I would have arrived.
On one hand, I enjoy staying in the shelters so that I can visit with other hikers. It is a lot of fun to learn about their story as there are many interesting people on the trail. The bad part of staying at shelters is that it is hard to go to bed early. The shelters are small and you end up staying up with the others until they are ready to settle down. Also, there is a lot of snoring and other sounds in the night that makes it harder to get a good night of rest.
On the other hand, stealth camping offers a lot of peace and serenity which is good, but you do miss sharing good stories and learning about other's experiences on the trail. Since I did not need the extra miles today, I set up camp near a nice brook. Besides having about 1000 mosquitos swarming around, it was a lovely little spot.
Stealth camp site to stealth camp site
Location: Latitude: 45.77932, Longitude: -69.17310