One of the guys who works here at the Hikers Welcome Hostel just told me that I have 398.5 miles to go to reach Mount Katahdin. It’s hard to believe! His trail name is ‘Legion’ and he thru-hiked the AT in 2011. Then he did the Pacific Crest Trail last year and plans to do the Continental Divide Trail next year. He’s really enthusiastic about long distance hiking and says I’ve got some great days ahead of me in the Whites and in Maine.
I’ve taken an easy day today – only 7.5 miles – and I’ve showered, done laundry, gone through the box of clothing and other goodies that The Princess sent me, organized my pack, and gone over the trail guide, my map and other notes about hiking in the White Mountains.
I feel well-prepared for the Whites and am eager to get started. In fact I almost decided to pack up and go after being at the hostel for a couple of hours but I resisted the temptation and will stay here to give my body an easy day and eat a good dinner. I have been thinking that I need to really enjoy these last two states, especially since this is supposed to be the most beautiful part of the trail. So I’m not going to rush through to the end.
Later today the hostel folks will take us in to Warren, about five miles away, for dinner. I don’t need to resupply now after all the snacks that The Princess sent me and I plan to go into the town of Lincoln on Monday. So I’ll do a resupply there. There are a couple of outfitters there and I need to get a fuel canister for my stove.
Tomorrow Mount Moosilauke and a fourteen mile hike to the Eliza Brooke Shelter.
Here’s a phot of Legion and two of the hostel, one with a nice rock cliff in the background.