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Sunday–September 12, 2021
Location–US-2 Gorham, then to Top Notch Inn, Gorham
A soft (pine needle bedding) flat spot just up from Wocket Ledge, back in the spruce. Odie prepared another Mountain House (Chicken & Rice) dinner for me. a few sunset shots of the Presidentials and I was in my tent, on my mattress, under my great Zpack quilt–and I was gone.
More climbing around yet today, up to Mount Hayes. It’s another beautiful day on the mountain. Waiting there for me, Bob, an Associated Press photographer from Maine. Apparently, they’re working on an article about this old fellows Appalachian Trail thru-hike age record attempt. A fun time!
From Mount Hayes the trail bails off, from the high-up alpine zone, to more friendly trail through the hardwood.
Surprisingly, this 8+ mile day takes slightly less than eight hours. I manage to remain upright as Odie & Cat Tracks help and encourage me along.
Waiting at the end of this day, dear friends from Alabama, Copperhead & Speedy. They’ve hiked with me earlier this Odyssey and have come once again, to support me through the Wildcats, Presidentials, and Whites!
Evening, it’s a stop at McDonald’s before checking into the Top Notch Motel in Gorham.
Another goodbye; another sad farewell. This time to Odie, as Copperhead takes him back to The Cabin (and his old church bus) in East Andover. Odie will be busying himself the remainder of this year as he prepares the 2021 Edition, Hiker Yearbook. Matthew Odie Norman is the Hiker Yearbook author.
Do just once what others say you can’t do,
and you will never pay attention to their limitations again.
These photos are breathtaking. Thank you for letting us all join you on your journey. Love, Sinikka Smothers
I am just glad to see you are making it day to day and the end is in sight. The weather is turning cooler sooner this year so I hope you don’t freeze by the time you reach Katahdin.