From Springer Mountain Georgia to Mt. Katahdin Maine

Monday, September 3, 2012

"These miles won't hike themselves...."

Cloud Ocean
Daystar checked in with her mother this morning.  Maine has proven to be as difficult as advertised.  They left Andover on Saturday and hiked essentially straight up and down over huge boulders, many so difficult to climb the local trail clubs have installed iron handles and foot steps to assist hikers in the climb over the boulders.  Our merry band of trekkers used to knock down anywhere from 15 to 22 miles in a day, but the new normal is 10 miles due to the incredibly challenging terrain.  They camped near Old Blue Mountain yesterday and have passed cloud ocean (see pic).  They need to stop and take a dip in the ocean as they haven't done laundry in two weeks and it's getting, how can I say this delicately, ripe.  They hope to make Stratton by the weekend.  Stay tuned.

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