Day 123: Pierce Pond to Moxie Pond

Trip Start Mar 15, 2010
Trip End Jul 23, 2010

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Woke up at 6:15 this morning and quickly got everything packed up and ready to go. Mornings go a lot faster when you don't have to do breakfast! We walk the 0.2 mi over to the Harrison camp where we have reserved breakfast!

My breakfast includes a delicious cup of green tea, juice, eggs, sausage, and 12 pancakes! The pancakes are with fruits and stuff, very yummy. I also get to finish some of the SOBOs food that they couldn't finish. They'll get their full hiker hunger soon!! (until now it's our

It's a 3 mi hike down to the Kennebec River. Along the way I got swooped by a crazy territorial hawk in the woods. I had heard about the possibility of encountering this so I was prepared. I had my hiking pole ready to ward the bird off but it never really got that

The Kennebec is the largest unbridged crossing on the AT. The river is about 70 yds wide and dams in the area release water without warning.  A thru hiker drowned in 1985 here. The historical route of the AT is on a ferry. They shuttle you across two at a time during limited daily hours. It's the only time I've made progress on the trail just by sitting down. Hooray!

Had a couple climbs in the afternoon up Pleasant Pond Mtn and Bald
Mtn. Not too hard. Great views from atop Bald Mtn and I'm pretty sure Katahdin is now on the horizon... Though it's hard to tell when you don't exactly know what to look for.

Staying by another pond tonight which means nighttime symphony of loons, frogs, and waves lapping the shore. The weather was good today so perhaps Maine is becoming more of what I'd imagined. Still can't wait to be done though and at less than 150 to go it's becoming a real

Tomorrow it's in to Monson since my food bag is mostly empty. It's the last trail town! We'll live it up and then it's time for the final stretch.
Take care all!
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jessie tobin on

So glad to see that you are nearing your destination --so unbelievable what you have accomplished .Maybe we will see you in cape Breton .Take care Robert --watching out for you Great aunt jessie

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