I would love to show you some pictures of the 2000 mile signs that I saw on the way to Monson, but alas the library here does not have a place where I can upload pictures. So, I will have to add some later. Because the mileage of the AT changes every year there were several 2000 mile signs that we passed. The first one was on a rock with some moss cut out in the shape of 2000. The next was a sign on top of Avery Peak of Mt. Bigelow. Another was a 2000 painted on a wooden board in the middle of the trail somewhere and the last was written on a paved road that said 2000 + or -. That day we went 8000 miles! Crazy how time flies!
When you complete the AT you can apply for a 2000 miler
certificate. You need to prove that you did the whole thing and I am not sure what kinds of questions they will ask. Some will have to do with how much money I spent and where I stayed etc. Now the At is actually 2184.2 miles so, we could have quit at the 2000 mile part and we could still get the certificate? No such luck. I think they played it safe because the mileage keeps changing. Maybe someday the trail will be shorter? That would mean taking out all the switchbacks. No thanks!
As I have said in a previous post we have to ford several streams/rivers in Maine. One such is the Kennebec River. In the 80’s a woman drowned trying to cross there in high water and so they now offer a free shuttle service by canoe. Hill Billy Dave takes 2 hikers at a time across and has to paddle upstream mostly to get to the other side safely. There is even a white blaze in the bottom of the boat so that it is the true/pure way to go. He has been ferrying hikers for many years and is subcontracted by the ATC. He was saying that he has given 4000 people rides this year. Wow! Of course they are not all northbounders or southbounders. But, that is still a crazy high number. He said the numbers will be posted by the end of October. In 2009 the climate was so wet that mold was growing on people cause they never got dry. We have been very lucky as to how dry it has been. And it is still muddy!