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Jared
State: MA
Country: USA
Begins: Aug 1, 2012
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Aug 14th, 2012
Start: Caratunk, ME
End: Stratton, ME
Trip Distance: 37.0
Entry Lat: 45.22171
Entry Lng: -70.482101

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Entry Visits: 346
Journal Visits: 614
Guestbook Views: 798
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Stratton!

Made it to Stratton, ME yesterday afternoon. We spent the night at the Stratton Motel, which caters to hikers and has laundry and a kitchen to use. Four of us split a double room -- two in one bed, one on the floor, and one naked dude sleeping in the other bed alone. You can guess why someone slept on the floor. Overall it has been a positive experience. We got a nice dinner at the White Wolf (I got a cheese steak -- something I get in every town, coincidentally. FYI, the best has been at Lakeshore in Monson), had a few beers in our room, and woke up and made a sweet breakfast with eggs, bacon, bagels and cinnamon rolls.

On the downside of things, neither of my packages arrived at the PO. Not my checkbook, nor my Platypus reservoir from Amazon. This, coupled with an ever painful foot, means that we'll be spending another night. And the weather is beautiful...kind of a pity. And really, I'm not sure what is ever going to make my foot feel better. I have inverted my ankle so many times that I suspect I could have an avulsion fracture or something. Swelling, minor bruising, point tenderness, difficulty weight bearing. OH well. I'm hiking on. Tomorrow we'll be hiking over Sugarloaf...yet another 4000 footer Maine has in store for us.

For those interested, to get to Stratton we had to put in a 16 or so mile day, encompassing the entire Bigelow Range along the AT. This included four climbs, two of which were over 4000'. Truly an amazing scene up there. Barren and cold. Windy. And you can see absolutely everything -- including Katahdin 180 miles away. It was a long enough day, and a beautiful enough night that we camped inbetween the two tallest peaks, where we could see both sunrise and sunset. But with temperatures in the low 40's with high enough winds, we ended up going to bed early and sleeping in late (i.e. 7am) and missing both...while sharing our tarp with other hikers trying to escape the cold temperatures. Turns out I MIGHT need more clothing, or at least a bag liner, to supplement my sleep system as we head into even higher mountains.




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