Today, I hiked 4 miles…4 miles…haha to a trailhead. On normal days, it takes me a mile or two to get warmed up and loosen up the legs and feet.
I ran into one person on the trail today. It was a guy who just got dropped off at a road and today was his first day on trail. He is doing the 100 Mile Wilderness to Katahdin. His longest hike ever, he was so excited and I am happy for him.
From there I stuck my thumb out and got a hitch into Monson, Maine. It is a neat small town. I am staying at Lakeshore House. I am taking the rest of the day off today and a zero tomorrow. Then off I go into the 100 Mile Wilderness.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has an information office here. I stopped in to get information on hiking the 100 Mile Wilderness, Mt. Kathadin and how to start getting back to St. Paul, Minnesota (it likely will include a long hitch to a town, then a bus ride or long hitch to a bigger city with transportation options). I just have to trust it will work out. It sounds complicated on some level, but I made it this far, I will figure it out.
I went and got some food for my 100 Mile Wilderness leg. I thought about getting a food drop, but decided against it after speaking with the ATC person. It will be my heaviest pack weight of the entire trail. I hope my pack holds up, so far so good.
Nice quiet hostel on a lake. The owner and staff are great. They had a band for 3 hours this afternoon. I had a local beer called Dead Man Ale…
A lot of past thru hikers warn of a post thru hike depression and they all say it is very real. They say after the hike to keep busy and getting out in nature for day hikes or weekend trips or find other ways to burn off energy and keep busy. They say others will not understand what you went thru and are experiencing. I know I have great people around me and I have things to keep busy and burn energy off on. Even so, I suspect it might be a hard transition. But the trail has shown me that I can do anything with a plan and focus. Who knows, it might be a fun transition!
I will be doing my blog updates as I go north. Just speculating that cell phone/internet coverage out there is darn near zero, so I will post updates as best as I can.