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Sean "Miner" Nordeen
Begins: Aug 17, 2012
Date: Mon, Sep 3rd, 2012
Trip Distance: 188.2
Entry Visits: 215
Journal Visits: 24,997
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Zero in Stratton
I stayed in town today. I'm planning on getting my bounce box in the morning and taking the 2 hours before checkout to get some stuff out of it and lighten about 1.5 lbs out of my pack into it. I put too many things in at the last minute that might be nice to have at some point along the trail, but not now. Maine and the upcoming White Mtns are tough (some say 80% of the work) and I need to go as light as I can. The one area I can't lighten is clothing layers as the Whites can snow at any time of the year.
I have to admit to a few things. I've had some attitude issues. The trail is tough, but tougher then it needs to be. This combined with my inability to meet some of my pretrail expectations on mileage and comfort has led to some mental complaining. And unfortunately to a few hikers, some verbal complaining as well. I have to admit to doing alot of comparing to the trail conditions of the PCT which is not helpful out here. I've finally started to come to terms with the trail and it helps that several NOBOs have said that most of the trail isn't this hard. We shall see. In any case, by the time I leave Vermont, I should be a hiking stud able to face anything the trail has left to throw at me.
One NOBO hiker came down with the Plaque tonight. Apparently between Gorham,NH and Andover,ME a 24-48 hr stomach virus has been bouncing back and forth since June. It causes vomiting and the runs and is generally a miserable time. I had thought with the lessening flow of SOBOs to bounce it back, it would have faded out by now. Apparently not.
A Walk South On The AT - 2012
One small step for man, but I'll walk even farther for a burger.
The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is a more than 2,175-mile long footpath stretching through 14 eastern states from Maine to Georgia. Conceived in 1921 and first completed in 1937, it traverses the wild, scenic, wooded, pastoral, and culturally significant lands of the Appalachian Mountains.
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