Yesterday, in the rain, I finished the two miles left at the top:
I tried out my new hot pink waterproof socks. Worked great!
Lots of water.
I went back to the Peck’s cabin, slept and dried out, and came back today to nock out the remaining 13 or so. I started at the base of Pochuck Mountain.
That’s my butt impression in 15″ of snow. It was tough going up, but really fun flying down!
The climb was SO much easier today!
I love old cars in the woods. I know. It’s not right, but they will degrade. No plastic!
Hi Lindy! (Lindy is my most loyal reader!)
I thought this next bit was the “Stairway to Heaven.” Nope.
The Pochuck Boardwalk! Way, way, way cool! Imagine how much maintenance is necessary to keep this in such good shape! A well deserved THANKS to the local club.
First couple I met on the “boards” told me Katahdin was just up the hill! Ha!!!
Next, I met “Struggler” and his dog. Just a local walker with a fun Trail Name.
Her name was Judith. Turned out she had married an American who was not a hiker. She was dying 😆 to get on the AT! I think I convinced her that she should get out here! Her visiting friend agreed.
I had such a lovely chat with them. These encounters are the BEST part of my journey. I’m tearing up now.
The people are so wonderful. People are wonderful. Especially on the Trail.
I explained to her what Trail Angels were. I think she just might become one at this very spot for some Thru Hikers this year.
She was really reluctant to hike without her partner. You know, new marriage stuff. I hope she finds the courage to be free in her relationship.
That’s essential for a healthy marriage. Believe me, I know what prisons we can create for ourselves. So sad. The years we waste in misconception. 🙁
I wish her happiness. I’m sending the Force her way.
And up I go:
Named by my shuttle driver George! How cool. He’s immortalized after calling it this, during the maintenance one day, to a reporter. It stuck!
It is really a rocky and tough climb!
I was sweating and ascending with my teeth gritted and head down. Looked up…
Purified some H2O.
WHAT A GREAT DAY! Again, I’ve fallen in love with the Trail. A few hours ago, while climbing to Pinwheel Vista, the Trail depression kicked in. Section Hiking this whole monster seemed impossible.
It’s not the first time I’ve felt this way.
It’s hard walking up and down for over 2100 miles.
No one ever said it would be easy.
Today, I can do it. 🙂