Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Journal Entry # 168

Monday, September 12 - Day 172 - Mile 1961 - Rangeley, ME

Nick and Janel were up and ready for our 6:00 AM departure this morning.  Janel got the word that her breakfast sandwiches were terrific so she made extras this morning.  Happily fed we headed of to the trailhead.

The trail today was the easiest in Maine to this point. We actually finished over an hour early.  While we waited for Nick to pick us up several hikers we knew came out of the woods behind us including Circuit Rider and Sherlock who are always joy to see.  We had a lot of fun catching up with them.

Nick arrived right on time and drove us home to another wonderful dinner, desert and assortment of food and snacks for our hike tomorrow.  It's going to be hard to leave in the morning especially since we'll have what will likely be the heaviest pack weight of the trip.  In addition to all the good stuff Janel & Nick provided we are fully resupplied for the next leg of the hike.

This could not have been a more enjoyable weekend.  Not only were the accommodations and company great but the weather was perfect.  Don't know how Nick & Jamel arranged even that but after watching these two for a few days there's no doubt anything is possible.  We can never thank them, or any of the wonderful folks who have helped us so much, enough.

Circuit Rider gave us great encouragement about the remainder of the trip. He's done that section many times. He said that after the Bigelows the trail becomes a victory march to the end. I'm taking him at his word!  We only have about 50 miles before the Bigelows are done but some big climbs between here and there beginning with Saddleback in the morning.

Up, up and away!
Love, Peace, Joy & Hope,
Trolley Stop

Buffalo Bobby and Double Check at the AT sign on Route 4

Trolley Stop and Double Check at the sign

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