Just a quick note to let you know that we are heading out into the south of Maine on our Appalachian Trail hike. After spending the night at the Farmhouse Inn in Rangeley Maine, we will be out in the woods for at least the next seven days.
This next stretch of 70 miles is reported to be extremely challenging and includes the toughest mile on the A.T. – a boulder field that will take a couple of hours to traverse. Mahoosuc Arm and Mahoosuc Notch are the areas that we aren’t looking forward to as we “scramble” over, under, and around large rocks.
Unfortunately this hike is taking a negative toll on our bodies. After 1,416 miles, Chief is still struggling with a sore left shoulder after his mountain fall plus an open sore on his back where the heavy backpack rubs. My knees are becoming more sore and stiff with every day and my feet are often numb but painful. Our weight continues to drop and we struggle to carry enough high protein food to fuel our bodies. We try not to complain because another hiker here in Rangeley just blew out a knee. His hike is over for this year and he is headed home to Florida.
After this next stretch of trail, our challenge is the White Mountains in New Hampshire. Please pray for us for health and safety. If we can get through these mountains we may have a less challenging trek back to Pennsylvania. We may be hobbling, but we are committed, or should be committed, as the case may be! 😜
Regards, Chief and Toad