Just on the other side of Spaulding Mnt he reached the 200 mile marker. That means he has only 200 miles left of his journey. This made him feel excited as he is almost completed his goal of thru-hiking the AT(which many do not complete – odds are about 1 in 5 that start.. finish) and he is kind of sad that it is coming to an end. The last few weeks of the trip will be an emotional roller coaster as he prepares himself to leave trail life and for re entry into reality. Now is the time where he is starting to reflect back on his long journey. Says he wouldn’t change a thing. Everything that happened to him along the way was for a reason.
He reached Stratton, Maine. He wasn’t due here till 8/17. Here it is 7/30 and he is already there. Ahead of schedule! He is just flying.
He stayed at the Stratton Motel/Hostel owned by Susan Smith (no relation but same name as his sister). What a deal! $20 got him a bed, shower, laundry, use of the kitchen and a free shuttle back to the trail head. Amazing! He also got his 2nd to last mail drop here.
He went to one of the local restaurants that night for a fish fry. AYCE to boot! Says it was delicious.
21.5 miles today
|South Branch Carrabassett River at the AT crossing - See the white blaze on the rock|