I set my alarm for 5:30 am. It was twenty minutes later than I have been waking up lately. At some point very early in the morning, it couldn't have been later than 3 am I heard a big truck, it sounded like a semi-truck go by on the dirt road by my tent. I woke and moved my equipment searching to find my watch to check the time. I could not find it in the darkness, so I went back to bed. When I woke up the next time, it was 6:30 am. It turned out that I had covered my watch when I was looking for it and slept right through the alarm.
I needed to hike 17 miles to get to Abol Bridge, the end of the 100 Mile Wilderness, and where I was going to meet up with my family. We were planning to meet up around 2:00 pm. I arrived at 1:45. It turned out that there was a bit of confusion about what time we were suppose to meet, and they arrived to meet me around 2:30.
I had a very late lunch at a small restaurant near the bridge. The rest of my family had already eaten, then we headed to their cabin, where I took a shower and we made an early dinner of pancakes and eggs. My Dad drove up to the Baxter State Park to get some more information about rules for hiking up Katahdin, not an easy place to hike, and there was a big concern that we would be able to hike together on Saturday.
I probably should tell you who is in my family. Starting with my oldest sibling Bonnie (she is married to Riley, aka Gas Tank) who hiked with Plant and I in the Shenandoah’s, Kate - she hiked with me for the first 13 days of the AT from Georgia to South Carolina, Max who hiked with me for 12 days from Vermont to Mahoosuc’s Notch, Maine, Jonathan 12, Joshua 10 and my Mom and Dad.
Dad came back with the information that the only way we could hike together, would be for us all to get started at the Abol Bridge, 10 miles out of Baxter State Park.
Stealth Camp to Big Moose Lodge