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Michael "Shorts" Alowitz
City: Des Moines
Begins: Mar 20, 2010
Date: Sun, Aug 22nd, 2010
Start: Nahmakanta Lake Beach mi 2140.6
End: Hurd Brook LeanTo mi 2164.0
Daily Distance: 23.4
Trip Distance: 2,152.4
Hours Hiked: 11
Entry Visits: 303
Journal Visits: 34,797
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Guestbook Entrys: 131
Appalachian Trail Map
I hit the trail before 0600 this morning, planning a 20 mile day. Since it had not rained during the night, I wanted to go get in as many miles as I could before the rain started. I ended up going to Abol Bridge, an extra 3.5 miles since it never started raining. Now I have 10 to do tomorrow and then Katahdin.
When I got to Abol bridge, I caught up to Mimi, Robo, and Darwin who still had 10 miles to go. They encouraged me to go w/them and summit tomorrow, but that would be over a 33 mile day today and I would be beat tomorrow. It would be great to summit w/them and Zen and Devo, but my feet would revolt. I'm sticking to my plan of an easy penultimate day and summiting w/at least Creepy and Nobody. The ranger's forecast didn't call for rain tomorrow, but also said Tuesday (my planned day) was looking the best.
As soon as I reached Abol Bridge, I spoke w/two park rangers. Very friendly fellows. One had just helped remove a lot of excess gear including a propane stove and cylinders from a SOBO. And the guy still left w/excessive gear including a .38 handgun and a huge survival knife. NEWB!
I appear to be the only person staying at the Abol Pines site tonight. There are 2 seperate lean-tos and several tent sites. I'm in a leanto due to the rain forecast so I don't have to deal w/packing the wet tent if it rains tonight.
I had my first views of Katahdin today. It made me think of the prudential logo.
Some gorgeous, dense woods today. It took me 5 days to get through the Wilderness. It was so dry . . .so dry that my new shoes still look new. This is very unusual as the Wilderness is usually full of mud. It didn't rain on me once. Hoping all rain holds off for 2 more days!
Both feet are sore. I actually took shoes and socks off for one of my 2 naps in shelters today. I tell them they only have 15 miles left. It is really more like 20 since I have to come down the mtn too.
The SOBOs are still starting out, just not as many as there have been. I think I encountered 2 today.
Weather: Overcast, but no rain
Sleeping: leanto at Abol Pines