A few hundred yards before reaching camp tonight, we will cross the 1,881 mile mark. That puts us about 19.6 miles from the Maine border and precisely 300 miles from the summit of Mt Katahdin.
Since our last post we have been thoroughly immersed in mountains and one thing has become abundantly clear: anything and everything we’ve been told about the Whites is true. It is the most rugged section of trail and the most spectacular; it is always 40 degrees on Mt Washington with five feet of visibility and enough wind to take the air out of your lungs; the huts are wonderful, off-the-grid oases but it seems most overnight patrons are paying an awful lot for a plastic mattress and no shower; even 1,700+ miles of training won’t prepare you for the mountains here…
We’ve taken nearly a squillion photos in the past week so for ease of uploading (and to keep you interested!) we’ll do a few separate posts over the next day or so.
On to the mountains!
Coming soon: the Kinsmans, Franconia Ridge, and the Presidentials. Stay tuned!