Hiking out this morning I wanted to make 19 miles to get to Stafford. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to stay in town but I realized that I needed to get a new water filter or a washer for my old one that is leaking. I climbed up and over 3 peaks that looked doable on paper but proved formidable on the hard. I realized at this pace I would not get to the road before 7 o’clock so I began to think about camping along the road and going into town the next day. My legs were heavy, my heart was just not into it. As I crested the last peak and headed down the mountain I met a cute young couple I imagined to be from West Virginia. The guy told me about a “go to town for free card” posted at the bottom of the trail. I hustled down the hill best as I could and found the business card stuck to a tree. I never would have seen it if I didnt take the time to talk to the couple. Now I am staying with a retired Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer near Stratton along with a retired USMC Major and an 18 year old Indiana boy who has been here for longer than he can remember. I decided to 0 here. My legs are weary, I have the time, and Tom, the owner is just an all around great guy. The only 0 I took for myself the entire trip was trail days in Damascus VA. My othe 20 + days were family reasons so now I hope to get some extra rest for my final assault. I only have Mt Bigalow and the 100 mile wilderness between me and Katahdin.
What is less than 200 and more than 2000? This guy! I have less than 200 miles to go and completed over 2000 miles in one calendar year!!