We’ve had some technical difficulties. Last year Sarra carried an indestructible flip phone and also a camera to take pictures. Then when we met I’d bring the laptop and she would download her pictures so I could share them with you. Also, her trail family would tag me in pictures on fb. The system worked really well. This year she has a smartphone with her and wanted to send video so you could actually see what she sees and she could tell you about her hike along the way. Great idea, right?? In theory it is. Then 1) you get to the boonies in Maine with no cell service, 2) have a newer, technological apple phone and a not so new laptop to send them to. But, I think we finally got started, not perfected but started.
So, Mouse exited the 100 mile wilderness after about 5 days. She did pretty steady 20 miles days. I received a text that just said “I’m out.” She stayed at Shaws Hostel that night and finally got a shower.
She mentioned that when she started in GA last year, during spring, it took a while to work up a sweat. Heck, she wore a coat several days and on May 1st even had some snow. I guess this year right off the bat she was hot, sweaty and smelly! The weather has been awesome so far though.
We’ve only talked maybe twice. Not much to discuss, but a lot of hiking going on. She had a rough start, on some of the video you can tell she really wants to be done hiking for the day but still has many miles to go. Once she got into camp she was feeling a little down, but then 4 thru-hikers stopped for the night at the shelter she was at and made her feel a little better. Things are always better after some food and a nights rest.
She said she has learned to linger a little longer for lunch and put her feet up to help with swelling. It seems like her body remembers 10 months ago and has just said ‘oh, were doing this again? She says she’s not sore and her feet might hurt at the end of the day, but in the morning their good to go. That’s pretty amazing since when you go south bound you start off on day one making one of the biggest climbs on the trail, then have to hike out of Maine, which is no picnic. Then, boom . . . you come out of Maine and into the White Mountains. But we’re getting ahead of the trail. So far there’s been a couple rivers to ford.
Lots of boulders to climb and of course views for miles and miles . . .
So yesterday, the 26th, she called in the morning and had gotten into Stratton Maine mile 188.2. She said she was so excited to get to town to eat a meal but the one restaurant in town was closed. Looks like it was gas station food again. Then I later got a text that the gas station had cooked food and she was able to get a veggie sandwich and a loaded plate of fries, she was about to explode!! Later another text that she was spending the night in town at Stratton Motel/Hostel. Good idea, she had been averaging 19 miles. So. . . here are some stats: when she sent her coordinates tonight 6/27, she’s at mile 201.7 and has been on the trail for 11 days. She has 80 miles left in Maine and should be out by Thursday. We talked this morning and here’s the quick notes I jotted down: she feels fine, body feels fine, feet are good and knees are good. Shoes not so good, they’re already starting to wear, but as before she’ll use them until they fall apart. She’s starting to get that hiker hunger, so needs to up the calorie count. Weather has been amazing, but it’s hot. It’s starting to get more mountainous, rivers aren’t bad, one was maybe shin deep. Bugs aren’t too bad yet, but lots of misquotes in the lean-to last night and a couple got in her sleeping bag. She’s ready to camp in her tent to keep the bugs out at night.
I wanted to end with a some of the video she’s sent, but can’t seem to get that to upload into the blog. One thing at a time I guess. I’m going to work on it while Mouse hikes some more. In a few days she’ll be into New Hampshire and I’ll have the video figured out. Happy Trails.