Journal 178-ODYSSEY 2021: Bama to Baxter-Hike On!

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Monday–August 16, 2021
Trail Day–178
Trail Mile–-8.3/2000.1
Location–Moxie Pond Road (southbound 139.2), then to 100 Mile Wilderness Cabins, Monson, Phil Pepin, Proprietor
617.3 Miles Remaining

My takeout yesterday and starting point this morning–I have no idea how in the world T-Bone & Tulip have found these isolated and remote trail crossings, but thankfully they have. This one (in the middle of nowhere) saved me one more sweaty/dirty night on the ground, alone and hungry. Been there, done that countless times. A shower, hot food, comfy bed–a true blessing, and so much the better! But you’re not backpacking, you’re just doing day hikes strung together! This and similar comments I’ve heard–and that’s okay. I’m covering the ground, doing the climbs, seeing the wilds, experiencing the challenge of day after day on trail. So, thank you Tulip, thank you T-Bone, your loving, caring support–blessings!

Tulip is hiking with me today, keeping an eye on me, making sure I’m okay. She’s such a strong hiker, so on ahead she goes, stopping frequently, biggest of her big smiles to greet me.

This morning the trail skirts Bald Mountain Pond. We get a glimpse of three moose near the pond shore but no photos. Then, past Bald Mountain Pond Lean-to the climb begins, up a over Lookout Peak. The mountaintop is pure rock, crowned off in such a fashion, to make the trail as it passes seem so much sidewalk. The numerous and varying vantages are each spectacular. What climb?

In the afternoon, after driving around to another can’t-get-there-from-here logging road trail crossing, T-Bone hikes in to greet us. And, we hike the conclusion of this fine and memorable day–together…


It’s realizing that a great dream is not as good as a great memory.
The dream can be had by anyone.
The memory
– must be made.
(Eric Thomas)


5 Comments on “Journal 178-ODYSSEY 2021: Bama to Baxter-Hike On!

  1. Why camp every night when you have so many who love you and want to help? You’ve been there/done that! You’re kind of like royalty now and this time you get treated like royalty as much as possible!!


  2. You are a true inspiration. I have been following your adventures for decades. I only hope I will still be backpacking at your age. God bless. Safe travels.


  3. Well, Nimble Will, because I have missed seeing every update you have put out, I fear I missed something big, like a flip that I wasn’t aware of. I’m embarrassed, and sorry I missed that. But no doubt completing this trail will be your reality. I know it. You’ve got more gumption and fortitude, than many young people—your fellow, thru-hikers excluded. The young people thru-hiking this year I have met, as a trail angel, have thoroughly impressed me! Meeting them helped me to be a bit more hopeful about them facing the future that is erupting around them. God bless you, Nimble Will❣️🙂


  4. Keep on going! Don’t let the haters get you down. There are no rules for how to complete the AT. You are hiking all the miles – that is all that matters.


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