100 Mile Wilderness
Since I finally have internet access again I am able to update. I want to keep things in order, so things will be a bit behind. 🙂
The 100 mile wilderness begins with a sign that tells the hiker to bring 10 days worth of food in and basically to turn around if you are a novice. Well, we are thru-hikers and we can do it quicker than most so we thought. We started with a 15 mile day to get through some fords because it was going to rain. We made our first goal, but the next day we did less than 10 miles because the trail was basically one big puddle. This wasn’t just over the sole of the shoe, but nearly engulfing the leg up to the knee in some places. At first it was fun to romp through the water, but after awhile I was ready not to have wet feet anymore. Thankfully the trail drained quite a bit overnight.
The third day we got a food drop at one of the roads. We filled a bucket with food and the people at Lakeshore took
it out for us and hung it up so we could find it and we filled the buckets with trash after we took our food out. It was really nice to not have to carry all that food from the beginning. And to not carry our trash for another 7 days. We snarfed down some food at the bucket place too so we wouldn’t have to carry all of it. 🙂
The wilderness was not anything we haven’t seen, just more of it. There were lots of lakes/ponds which were beautiful. We walked along the length of Rainbow Lake which was 5.7 miles. I thought the lake would last forever. The trail comes down pretty close to the water and by each lake or pond there are lots of roots and rocks. We cruised over some of that because by now we are experts at walking over roots, but it does take a lot of mental energy to be constantly picking and choosing where to put your feet.
As the wilderness ended we started getting Katahdin fever. So, we put in a 17 mile, 21.5 mile and 19.6 mile days to finish it out. It was pretty amazing that we could go over this kind of terrain and do that many miles. But, you can do a lot when you’re almost done.
In the wilderness by Jo-Mary road we said goodbye to Castaway for the time being. His foot was really hurting and we all thought it would be good for him to take a bit of time off. He ended up taking 2 days and then continuing on. It was one of the hardest things I have done on the trail is to tell him goodbye. We all have been pretty close these past months and it was hard to break up the group. We all wish him the best and quick healing.