It was a long and challenging day, not reflected in the miles. I hiked 16.7 miles to the Carl Newhall Lean To. I hoped to get a few miles more, but it was not going to happen. I set my tent up at a stealth spot in the area and settled in.
Today the hiking was up and down over a few peaks and with short tight turns and wet rocks and roots from humidity. Extra care is always warranted when surfaces get slick.
The day started out humid and foggy then the skies cleared and the sun came out. The sun was not out for long. I stopped to have lunch on a high exposed ridge near a summit. Clouds started forming and then the sound of thunder approaching. I packed up quick and made speed to get down low and into tree cover. Not long after lightening started shooting through the trees just above me, no thunder sound, more like the hum of a Star Wars light saber or high power electrical transmission line. It was a little freaky…I kept moving lower towards a more safe place.
A number of Southbounders starting out and some section hikers congratulated me early on my hike and wished me well. Nice people around today, like normal. We traded info on our trips and conditions ahead.
My groin and arm pits are chafed up, from yesterdays and today’s wet clothing. I knew I should have hiked in underwear only given conditions, but did not. Hope to get things back to normal. It’s always something on a thru hike.
My large food bag is starting to get a little lighter. It’s never ever really light enough though. I am pretty sure I will never eat the foods I ate on trail at home, ever. It is just calories on the trail and nothing more when it comes to the main foods.
During the night, I opened the tent door to use the finest restroom available. A little while later I was laying down and felt something, a mouse got in. Got it out pretty quick.
78.6 miles to the summit of Kathadin. Keeping focused on the day I am in…mostly. haha