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    • LIhikers wrote:

      Astro wrote:

      LIhikers wrote:

      With Astro jumping up to Stratton already I guess there's little chance of Kathy and I running into him.
      We'll head south out of Monson on July 2nd.
      I won't make Monson until July 4 or 5th.
      OK then, keep an eye out for a couple in their 60s hiking with a large dog.Sounds like well run into each other between Caratunk and Monson
      I'm looking forward to meeting you, someone from the AT Cafe :!:
      Send me a PM after you finish and start heading south. I'm pretty close to I-81 as it crosses the Susquehanna. Beer's on me in exchange for hiking & travel stories.
      Trudgin' along the AT since 2003. Completed Sections: Springer Mountain to Winding Stair Gap NC, Max Patch to Franconia Notch NH and the Gale River Trail to Crawford Notch NH.
    • Day 7
      Caribou Valley Road to Hwy 27 8.3 miles
      Shuttle dropped me off where I had to get off last year with my torn meniscus in my right knee. Had to walk a mile again to get to the AT. Was lot more pleasant than last time.
      Climbed both South and North Crocker Mountains. Including the dip between them around 2500 feet in elevation gain. Plenty of rocks, but the wet slippery ones are the worst. Passed the 2000 mile marker.
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      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General

      The post was edited 2 times, last by Astro ().

    • LIhikers wrote:

      CoachLou wrote:

      Boy I hope I have that sky when I walk up to Madison on the 4th
      Lou, I thought you and Andy were going to be in Maine this summer.I was hoping to run into you two.
      On 14 August we have space at Carter Notch Hut. Depending on the weather we will enter the Wild River wilderness on Monday or climb the AT from Rattle River....and come back Saturday the 17th.
      Cheesecake> Ramen :thumbsup:
    • Slowly making my way through the Bigelow's. Lost a day moving my car to Shaw's in Monson. Did not feel comfortable leaving it for 3 weeks in Stratton. Should be a give some reports in a few days when I make it to Caratunk.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Astro wrote:

      Slowly making my way through the Bigelow's. Lost a day moving my car to Shaw's in Monson. Did not feel comfortable leaving it for 3 weeks in Stratton. Should be a give some reports in a few days when I make it to Caratunk.
      You’re doin great!
      In life there are no limitations. Except stupidity. If you're stupid, you're screwed.

      Stephan Pastis
    • Traffic Jam wrote:

      Astro wrote:

      Slowly making my way through the Bigelow's. Lost a day moving my car to Shaw's in Monson. Did not feel comfortable leaving it for 3 weeks in Stratton. Should be a give some reports in a few days when I make it to Caratunk.
      You’re doin great!
      Thanks!
      Way it is raining right now, my tent is going to be a little heavier tomorrow. :thumbdown:
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Astro wrote:

      Traffic Jam wrote:

      Astro wrote:

      Slowly making my way through the Bigelow's. Lost a day moving my car to Shaw's in Monson. Did not feel comfortable leaving it for 3 weeks in Stratton. Should be a give some reports in a few days when I make it to Caratunk.
      You’re doin great!
      Thanks!
      Way it is raining right now, my tent is going to be a little heavier tomorrow. :thumbdown:
      The rain in Maine falls mainly on ....anybody who's out in it.
      Astro, I hope the body is holding out better this year.
      We'll be heading south out of Monson on Tuesday July 2nd.
      Look for an old couple with an old dog.
    • LIhikers wrote:

      Astro wrote:

      Traffic Jam wrote:

      Astro wrote:

      Slowly making my way through the Bigelow's. Lost a day moving my car to Shaw's in Monson. Did not feel comfortable leaving it for 3 weeks in Stratton. Should be a give some reports in a few days when I make it to Caratunk.
      You’re doin great!
      Thanks!Way it is raining right now, my tent is going to be a little heavier tomorrow. :thumbdown:
      The rain in Maine falls mainly on ....anybody who's out in it.Astro, I hope the body is holding out better this year.
      We'll be heading south out of Monson on Tuesday July 2nd.
      Look for an old couple with an old dog.
      That is why I am taking it so slow, want to get at another 100 miles. On top of Little Bigelow, but so cloudy/foggy I can't see a thing. But at least it isn't raining right now.
      You have seen the pictures so you should recognize me. Looking forward to it. :)
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Day 8
      Hwy 27 to Horns Pond Lean To 5.1 miles
      Yesterday I moved my car up to Shaw's in Monson where I felt much more comfortable leaving it for 3 weeks. I got shuttled back by a really nice retired guy named Gary. Had a conversation and the nearly 2 hours flew by. Today's climb was much milder than the Crockers or what would follow in the next couple of days. Also helped that it wasn't raining. Two shelters and I stayed in one with 3 retired school teachers from Knoxville, TN that have been section hiking for the past 29 years. They started out with 5, but one passed away from cancer a few years back, and another had several body part replacements (hip, knees) so his wife shut him down.

      And no that is not one of the shelters. Just an old retired one.
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      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Day 9
      Horns Pond Lean To to Stafford Notch Campsite 5.3 miles
      Rained last night and more during the day making all of the rock scrambles even more difficult. One of my hardest on the AT, much rather do 20 in the south. Climbed South Horn, West Peak, and Avery Peak, and went down to Stafford Notch. Worst part is that the clouds/fog blocked what should have been beautiful views. Did at least get pictures of the Myron Avery monuments.

      Some of the boulders at Stafford Notch were as big as houses. And the cold coming from underneath them was like air conditioning. Had to walk under a cave to get to the campsite. The campsite had good water and was just me and a SoBo woman in a hammock.
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      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Day 10
      Stafford Notch Campsite to Little Bigelow Lean To 4.9 miles
      Rained during night but fortunately stopped and wind blew my rent dry by morning. Another rainy day with no views from Little Bigelow Mountain. Got a few as I got lower later in the day. Rocks were wet and especially the long slanted slabs 50 to 100 feet. I slipped and fell many times. One time some young NoBo hikers were coming up behind me and saw me fall. At first they asked if I was OK. When I said yes one said it looked smooth and another said graceful. I told them unfortunately I had plenty of practice. I didn't tell it still hurts. I am accumulating a lot of bruises and scratches. I will be glad when the rain stops.
      Raining pretty hard so I decided to stay in the shelter tonight. Looked like there might be 10 trying to stay in shelter for 6, but 3 set up there tents and 3 more NoBo's headed out when the rain let up.
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      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Day 11
      Little Bigelow to West Carry Pond Lean To 7.7 miles
      No rain today and more level, even like a trail in some places. Set up tent near shelter. While mostly SoBo the NoBo hikers are starting to pass me more and usually around a dozen at each shelter with at least half in tents.
      Met SoBO father and son from PA. The father is even slower than me and the son is a little frustrated because he knows he could be doing 15-20 mile days. He is carrying all of their food and I believe they started out averaging 3 mpd.

      Can you believe the ADA makes you put wheelchair ramps on new privys :rolleyes:
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      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General

      The post was edited 1 time, last by Astro ().

    • Day 12
      West Carry Pond Lean To to Harrison's Pierce Pond Camps. 10.4 miles
      Nicest extended section trail I have found in Maine. But rocks still wet from rain last night and I slipped and did a face plant. Felt blood rolling down and was afraid I had broken my nose. Fortunately just bruised and cut. Probably leave a scar. But my glasses should cover it. The way I feel now is if I had been in a fight. And if I won I sure would hate to see the other guy.
      Walked by some beaches. Still playing find the rock to step on under the mud, using my pole to tap on them like a blind man with his can.
      Interesting sign showing Benedict Arnold as a hero. Got a shower and bed to throw my sleeping bag on and pancakes in the morning. Ran out food since Bigelow's took longer and had grits for supper. Dining room was well decorated.
      Water flowing over the rocks right aside my cabin.
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      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Day 13
      Harrison's Pierce Pond Camps to Caratunk House B&B 3.6 miles
      A dozen pancakes, sausage, and eggs for breakfast. The pancakes were patriotic 4 each of raspberry, apple, and blueberry (red, white, and blue).
      Interesting foot bridge with the three logs. Lots of waterfalls but the more powerful ones view obstructed by trees. Fun riding the canoe ferry across the Kennebec River. You can see the white blaze on the canoe floor.
      Unfortunately with so many NoBo's and SoBo's together (plus holiday tomorrow) there was no room left so I had to set my tent up in the yard. Great to get another shower and laundry. Unpacked my maildrop, the only bad thing about going into town and resupplying is that you know your pack will be heavier heading out.
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      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Astro wrote:

      Day 13
      Harrison's Pierce Pond Camps to Caratunk House B&B 3.6 miles
      A dozen pancakes, sausage, and eggs for breakfast. The pancakes were patriotic 4 each of raspberry, apple, and blueberry (red, white, and blue).
      jeff and dorothy hanson created and ran mountain crossings at neels gap from 1983 to 2000; eventually selling to winton porter. dorothy was a 1979 thru hiker, and after she finished her hike she created a quilt which had a panel that showed her favorite memory from each state.

      her picture for maine was a giant stack of pancakes from harrisons camp.

      having seen the quilt, and knowing the backstory, i couldn't wait for breakfast at harrisons. turns out that the morning i was there (september 22) was the first day that season that the camp had no paying customers. so they didn't open that day and the harrisons took the day off. everyone at the shelter was sooo disappointed.

      as i understand it, the only thing that has changed about the breakfast over the years is the price. i would have gladly paid the $4.25 that it cost at the time.
      2,000 miler
    • max.patch wrote:

      Astro wrote:

      Day 13
      Harrison's Pierce Pond Camps to Caratunk House B&B 3.6 miles
      A dozen pancakes, sausage, and eggs for breakfast. The pancakes were patriotic 4 each of raspberry, apple, and blueberry (red, white, and blue).
      jeff and dorothy hanson created and ran mountain crossings at neels gap from 1983 to 2000; eventually selling to winton porter. dorothy was a 1979 thru hiker, and after she finished her hike she created a quilt which had a panel that showed her favorite memory from each state.
      her picture for maine was a giant stack of pancakes from harrisons camp.

      having seen the quilt, and knowing the backstory, i couldn't wait for breakfast at harrisons. turns out that the morning i was there (september 22) was the first day that season that the camp had no paying customers. so they didn't open that day and the harrisons took the day off. everyone at the shelter was sooo disappointed.

      as i understand it, the only thing that has changed about the breakfast over the years is the price. i would have gladly paid the $4.25 that it cost at the time.
      $9 for pancakes, $12 with sausage and eggs, $40 whole breakfast, cabin, and shower
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Astro wrote:

      max.patch wrote:

      Astro wrote:

      Day 13
      Harrison's Pierce Pond Camps to Caratunk House B&B 3.6 miles
      A dozen pancakes, sausage, and eggs for breakfast. The pancakes were patriotic 4 each of raspberry, apple, and blueberry (red, white, and blue).
      jeff and dorothy hanson created and ran mountain crossings at neels gap from 1983 to 2000; eventually selling to winton porter. dorothy was a 1979 thru hiker, and after she finished her hike she created a quilt which had a panel that showed her favorite memory from each state.her picture for maine was a giant stack of pancakes from harrisons camp.

      having seen the quilt, and knowing the backstory, i couldn't wait for breakfast at harrisons. turns out that the morning i was there (september 22) was the first day that season that the camp had no paying customers. so they didn't open that day and the harrisons took the day off. everyone at the shelter was sooo disappointed.

      as i understand it, the only thing that has changed about the breakfast over the years is the price. i would have gladly paid the $4.25 that it cost at the time.
      $9 for pancakes, $12 with sausage and eggs, $40 whole breakfast, cabin, and shower
      did they live up to their reputation?
      2,000 miler
    • I believe a cell tower broke during the winter on Sugarloaf so service has not been good out here. Today I am using WiFi. So you may here from me for 4 or 5 more days when I make it to Shaw's in Monson.
      I should meet LIhikers (Paul and Kathy) in the next few days. :thumbup:
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • max.patch wrote:

      Astro wrote:

      max.patch wrote:

      Astro wrote:

      Day 13
      Harrison's Pierce Pond Camps to Caratunk House B&B 3.6 miles
      A dozen pancakes, sausage, and eggs for breakfast. The pancakes were patriotic 4 each of raspberry, apple, and blueberry (red, white, and blue).
      jeff and dorothy hanson created and ran mountain crossings at neels gap from 1983 to 2000; eventually selling to winton porter. dorothy was a 1979 thru hiker, and after she finished her hike she created a quilt which had a panel that showed her favorite memory from each state.her picture for maine was a giant stack of pancakes from harrisons camp.
      having seen the quilt, and knowing the backstory, i couldn't wait for breakfast at harrisons. turns out that the morning i was there (september 22) was the first day that season that the camp had no paying customers. so they didn't open that day and the harrisons took the day off. everyone at the shelter was sooo disappointed.

      as i understand it, the only thing that has changed about the breakfast over the years is the price. i would have gladly paid the $4.25 that it cost at the time.
      $9 for pancakes, $12 with sausage and eggs, $40 whole breakfast, cabin, and shower
      did they live up to their reputation?
      Yes, but of course I was hungry and also pretty happy from getting to take a shower the night before for the first time in almost a week.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Astro wrote:

      Day 13
      Harrison's Pierce Pond Camps to Caratunk House B&B 3.6 miles
      A dozen pancakes, sausage, and eggs for breakfast. The pancakes were patriotic 4 each of raspberry, apple, and blueberry (red, white, and blue).
      Interesting foot bridge with the three logs. Lots of waterfalls but the more powerful ones view obstructed by trees. Fun riding the canoe ferry across the Kennebec River. You can see the white blaze on the canoe floor.
      Unfortunately with so many NoBo's and SoBo's together (plus holiday tomorrow) there was no room left so I had to set my tent up in the yard. Great to get another shower and laundry. Unpacked my maildrop, the only bad thing about going into town and resupplying is that you know your pack will be heavier heading out.
      I stayed at Harrison's a few years ago, was treated to some leftover vegetable lasagna for dinner the night i got there, along with the amazing breakfast the following morning.
      its all good
    • Quick update:
      Had the pleasure to meet LIHikers (Paul and Kathy) a few days ago! Made it Monson yesterday and checked the Gorham weather and two sunny days so drove straight to Pinkham Notch. Took shuttle up to Mt Washington this morning and now taking a break at Mt Jefferson as I head up to Madison Hut for the night.
      When I get down tomorrow head to Maine to knock out Andover to Rangeley. That will just leave me Pinkham Notch to Andover and the 100 mile wilderness to finish next summer when my right knee should be a lot stronger.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • hikerboy wrote:

      Astro wrote:

      Day 13
      Harrison's Pierce Pond Camps to Caratunk House B&B 3.6 miles
      A dozen pancakes, sausage, and eggs for breakfast. The pancakes were patriotic 4 each of raspberry, apple, and blueberry (red, white, and blue).
      Interesting foot bridge with the three logs. Lots of waterfalls but the more powerful ones view obstructed by trees. Fun riding the canoe ferry across the Kennebec River. You can see the white blaze on the canoe floor.
      Unfortunately with so many NoBo's and SoBo's together (plus holiday tomorrow) there was no room left so I had to set my tent up in the yard. Great to get another shower and laundry. Unpacked my maildrop, the only bad thing about going into town and resupplying is that you know your pack will be heavier heading out.
      I stayed at Harrison's a few years ago, was treated to some leftover vegetable lasagna for dinner the night i got there, along with the amazing breakfast the following morning.
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    • Heading up to Maine to knock out Rangeley to Grafton Notch. Probably a few more days before post more trip reports, but here are the pictures I took when I met up with LIHikers (Paul and Kathy).
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General

      The post was edited 1 time, last by Astro ().

    • Made it from Rangeley to Andover. Plan to make it over to Grafton Notch. After that I plan to start posting more daily reports with pictures. I think I am a couple of weeks behind now, but I have pictures to help jog my memory.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • andover -- infamous for that 8 mile road walk to town on a lightly traveled (at least back in the day) road. on the way back to the trail we waited 20 minutes and no cars passed, so we walked a mile, got a ride for a mile, walked 2 miles, and then a UPS driver took us the last 4 miles.

      at the hostel i met scott grierson (maineak) who in 1991 competed against david horton in supported speed hikes of the AT. horton ran and grierson walked. horton walked to a new FKT time on 52 1/2 days. grierson finished in 53 days.

      edit to add: i think LW may have been part of maineak's support team but don't quote me on that -- been too many years ago.
      2,000 miler

      The post was edited 1 time, last by max.patch ().

    • Completed to Grafton Notch today. Caught a break since rain doesn't start again until tomorrow. Drive to VT in morning and try to knock out 7 miles in afternoon and pick up the other 10 Thursday. A great reason (excuse) to spend two nights at the Inn at LongTrail. :thumbup:
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Astro wrote:

      Completed to Grafton Notch today. Caught a break since rain doesn't start again until tomorrow. Drive to VT in morning and try to knock out 7 miles in afternoon and pick up the other 10 Thursday. A great reason (excuse) to spend two nights at the Inn at LongTrail. :thumbup:
      i love the inn at the long trail; stayed there when i hiked vermont in the mid 90's and returned later as a full price guest for 5 days when skiing killington.
      2,000 miler
    • Astro wrote:

      Completed to Grafton Notch today. Caught a break since rain doesn't start again until tomorrow. Drive to VT in morning and try to knock out 7 miles in afternoon and pick up the other 10 Thursday. A great reason (excuse) to spend two nights at the Inn at LongTrail. :thumbup:
      What is your Vermont section Astro?
      “Of all sad words of tongue or pen,
      the saddest are these, 'It might have been.”


      John Greenleaf Whittier
    • IMScotty wrote:

      Astro wrote:

      Completed to Grafton Notch today. Caught a break since rain doesn't start again until tomorrow. Drive to VT in morning and try to knock out 7 miles in afternoon and pick up the other 10 Thursday. A great reason (excuse) to spend two nights at the Inn at LongTrail. :thumbup:
      What is your Vermont section Astro?
      VT 103 to US 4. Plan Snowden Peak to US 4 today, and VT 103 to Snowden Peak tomorrow. Assuming I can leave car around Ski Lodge.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General