Saturday–August 14, 2021
Location–From SR-15 to Snowmobile Trail , then to 100 Mile Wilderness Cabins, Monson, Phil Pepin, Proprietor
638.7 Miles Remaining
This will be a whirlwind day of mixed emotions–goodbye, hello, goodbye.
First, we strike camp at Abol Bridge Campground, but as we leave, Nathan, Kimm, and I go one way, Slider another. We’re headed to meet T-Bone Walker, Tulip, and their children, Charlie & Henry; they’re coming to support me again. And so, it’s goodbye to my dear friend, Kevin Slider Reardon. What a super time we’ve had, Slider; thanks for coming up, thanks for climbing Katahdin with Nathan and me. It has been a very special time!
And so this morning we’re headed back to Monson. Just north of there I’ll resume Odyssey 2021, Bama to Baxter (southbound), at SR-15, where Nathan and I entered the 100-mile wilderness 12 days ago, at that time, bound for Mount Katahdin.
Nathan has made arrangements to meet T-Bone and his family at a village grocery an hour’s drive away, and we’re soon there. A happy/glad hello time, a sad/sad goodbye time–as I’m greeted by T-Bone and his family and as I bid farewell to Nathan & Kimm; they’re returning home to Alabama.
So now, I’ll be hiking south, to close the gap between Monson and the New York/Connecticut state line. T-Bone & Tulip have made arrangements for us to stay at 100-Mile Wilderness Cabins just north of Monson. We arrive early afternoon.
I’ve time to get in a short hike today, short of three miles, from SR-15 to a snowmobile crossing near 100-Mile Wilderness Cabins, where, late afternoon, I walk right in.
I’m headed south now. No longer a need to worry about snow late September/early October on Katahdin. Hopefully, hiking south now I’ll have fair weather all the way to New York. I should get there in a couple more months–or so.
What a day, what a day…
…bid good-by to friend;
The Lone Trail, the Lone Trail follow to the end.
Tarry not, and fear not, chosen of the true;
Lover of the Lone Trail, the Lone Trail waits for you.