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City: Rancho Palos Verdes
Begins: Mar 21, 2012
Date: Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
Daily Distance: 22
Trip Distance: 2,154.0
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I slept really well in the tent and luckily there was no overnight rain so I got to pack the tent dry. There was a wonderful sunrise over Jo Mary Pond and I tried to capture it in a photo. I was on the trail early and soon arrived at the lean-to I felt was just out of reach last night. It was a good thing I didn't attempt it as the time it took this morning would have made it a late arrival and then I would discover the lean-to full. They were all still asleep when I got there this morning but I needed water and went down to the spring. This had to be the best spring on the trail. There was a large pool with a sandy bottom through which I could see the water flowing up from the ground. It was nice and cold and I guzzled a liter on the spot. Soon after the lean-to I came to another large pond and from there I got my first sight of Mt. Katadyn. Even from this large distance it was quite a sight even with clouds obscuring the very top.
Mid morning I came to another large pond with a beach that I sat on and had a snack break. The trail then went around the side of the pond and it was such a large pond that I had lunch on another of its beaches. Then I had the only real climb of the day up to the summit of Nesuntabunt Mountain. There was a viewpoint that also gave me another glimpse of Mt. Katadyn, this time it was now only 16 miles away in a straight line, but still 36 trail miles. I reached the lean-to a little early around 6:00 pm. I was hoping to go another three miles to a campground but I'd been warned by several hikers going south that the section between this lean-to and the campsite was almost all bog and I didn't want to find out that progress was so slow that I ended up at the campsite really late. There is a group of young lads here who are in the last year of their summer camp and are hiking the 100 Mile Wilderness. They were a little surprised to find out I had taken half the time they had to reach this point.
Overall I was a little disappointed with today's progress. The trail wasn't as obstacle-free as yesterday afternoon so even though it was essentially flat, my pace was slowed by the rocks, roots and bogs. At one point both of my feet went into the mud up to my ankles and I thought I was going to leave my shoe behind in the mud as I tried trip pull my foot out. The mud got through into my stock and by early afternoon I was feeling a hot spot on one of my toes. I stopped to rinse out the socks and sure enough there was the start of a blister. Amazing after all of this walking I should start getting blisters again.
So tomorrow I start with the muddiest section of trail, at least according to the hikers coming south.
Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Part Trois
The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is 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. Learn more: www.appalachiantrail.org
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