Day 126: Cloud Pond to Carl Newman

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

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Closing in on the end here I guess, only five more days until vacation: also known as the first time in more than two months I won't hike each day. I am looking forward to THAT!

Passed the 2100 mi mark today, which is also the last hundred milestone, since the summit of Katahdin is now less than 80 miles away. Took it easy today which turned out to be a good thing. Some days you just don't "have it" and today was one of those. Still managed about 17 but got into the shelter at 4ish and just feeling pooped.

I'm also worried about my food supply, since the resupply in Monson was not great especially for snacks and lunch stuff. I've already eaten much of my rations. It's going to be nice to not spend every waking minute STARVING.  I will miss other things though, like the birds. Today I watched some crows soaring on thermals (of course below my vantage point!) I've
been enjoying the great whistle of I believe it's a thrush. And also get a kick out of the little birds that scurry through the underbrush and sound like bears to the untrained ear (yes I can tell the difference!)

I was supposed to be able to see Katahdin today from Chairback Mtn, but I don't really know what I'm looking for. I was expecting Katahdin to loom above everything and be so massive and dominating that there'd be no mistaking it. Still waiting for that moment!

Enjoyed walking near the "Gulf Hagas" area where there were a million day hikers. It was fun sitting and watch them ford the West Pleasant River. Takes them nearly 10 minutes to do what I do in 1. I guess a little practice helps.

At the point where the trail branches back off into only AT use, I detour 0.2 down to the "Screw Auger Falls" a really neat yet small waterfall set in a gorge of slate. I would have jumped in but it's breezy today and the water wasn't very warm!

Full shelter today, I'm here with cool tool another nobo that was at the last shelter too. He has the same finishing plan as me so hopefully he'll be good company! Nightcrawler went on to the next shelter, may not see him again.

It's only 7 and I'm in my sleeping bag already. I'm going to sleep a lot tonight and try to work up some energy to tackle White Cap Mtn tomorrow. The rumors say that after that the trail gets a lot easier again. I'll believe that when I see it! So many rocks and roots lately which is not aiding.  So besides not hiking, there are some other things I'm looking forward to:
Ice cubes
Unlimited untreated water
Flush toilets
Daily? Showers
Clean clothes
Sleeping in sheets

So that's all that comes to mind at the moment, but you get the idea. Of course it won't always be an easy transition. I will miss this greatly too.

Hope you are all well. Look forward to sharing more of my adventure with you soon, stories, pictures, and "how to hike the AT seminars." that's right: maybe some of you are interested in doing the same thing someday. I hope that you haven't been turned off by my descriptions
and experiences. I'd love to be "at your service" if you are considering it. I'm what you call an "expert" now!  Only 80 miles to go, can't come quick enough!
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Sarah Lampe on

your list is amazing... all those things i just take for granted. kind of neat to think about. also amazing= 80 miles left!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i think that deserves 80 exclamation points!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yvie on

Robert! Wow, you are SO CLOSE! Hang in there and eat some bark & berries for energy. OK, don't do that, but buy some food off other people or something! What an amazing journey. I think it will be pretty harsh at first to jump back into civilization, but since your next destination is Cape Breton, that will sure make it an easier transition. Take care hiking the mountain.
Love, Yvie

Aunt Connie on

CONGRATULATIONS ROBERT!! I think we can safely say that now! We are so proud of you and glad that you have made it. We hope that you will write a final chapter of your last few days and tell how us how difficult (or easy) it was to reach Mt. Katahdin. Hope you are enjoying yourself and your family in Nova Scotia. You deserve it!!

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