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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.
I have been following your journal for a better part of your last 130 days or so. It is a refreshing insite on the trail. I plan to hike it in 2023. I so jealous of you and your journey. I hope the peace of the trail comforts you all the days of your life. Love the photos. Keep it going. You’ve got this!
Hopefully you do have good weather ahead. But some of the worst weather in the US is in the White Mountains and the some of the most difficult and steepest climbs of the AT are in the Mahoosuc’s. You’re pretty much home free when you get past Kinsman Notch. Don’t let off the gas!