Hit the trail this morning after a pancake breakfast. It was hard to leave a comfortable hostel. I thought hard about staying one more day and just sleeping. I did not stay however. In hindsight I think I should have stayed.
Had a steep climb up Old Blue Mountain. Lots of ripe blueberries were near the top. Once up there the trail generally stayed above 3000 feet until the end of the day, when it dropped steeply. I should have enjoyed the hike today, especially the sections on granite slabs with the great views. The small rock and exposed tree root sections are always rough. Today I was just tired and out of it. I tried making a phone call to the girlfriend for some mental support, but cell reception is very poor like you would expect. So I just toughed the day out.
Just before camp, there was trail magic of Ginger Ale, beer and candy. Wow what perfect timing for me. Thank you Trail Angel.
Hiked about 12.5 miles and set up camp along Bemis Stream. Made up dinner and then it started raining. Maine is a challenging State so far.