Through the Kennebec, over the Bigelows, on to Stratton we shall go!

It’s been 70 miles since we last surfaced. Our guidebook tells us that we’ve crossed the 2000 to-go line…only 1997.7 miles to Springer Mountain!

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Our first day out of Monson was fairly uneventful. Our goal was to make it past both fords of the Piscataquis River before it started raining. We succeeded and setup camp just past the second ford.

We awoke to a steady rain which would continue at varying levels of intensity for the rest of the day. Waking up to the sound of raindrops hitting the nylon of a tent’s rainfly is uninspiring to say the least. Our decision was to pack up as quickly as possible and hit the trail. What we actually ended up doing was starting late and sloshing through the stream of a trail for four and a half hours before giving up for the day at the first shelter after walking less then six miles. Oh well, it turned out to be a lovely place to spend the night…

Day 3 brought the return of the sun on our climb up Moxie Bald…

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…which is a very pretty place…

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…full of very cool trail features…

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And then we started up Pleasant Pond Mountain, but setup camp early to outfox some late afternoon thunderstorms which ultimately missed us. Better safe than sorry… After two days of low mileage, we decided to wake up at 4:00am the next morning in an attempt to makeup for lost time.

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We were rewarded for our early-birdedness (not a real word) when we hiked into Caratunk (population 69) in the early afternoon. We had the great fortune of being picked up by the owner of the Sterling Inn and spending a few hours in his dining room gorging ourselves on frozen pizza and soda. We stocked up on candy, said our thank yous and headed for the Kennebec…

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…which we forded by canoe (as per the official AT route)

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And then we saw a bunch of snakes…

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And crossed a cool bridge…

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And hiked through some beautiful terrain…

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And then the Bigelows. Simply stunning:

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An now we’re off! See you soon!

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