Day 90: Graymoor Spiritual Center to RPH

Trip Start Mar 15, 2010
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Trip End Jul 23, 2010


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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Hey!
Biggest news of the day: I got my first traditional bubble blister! All the previous ones have been already rubbed raw by the time I saw them. This one is puffed out in all it's juicy glory... Waiting to be popped. I'm going to attempt just leaving it fester rather than pop it and risk infection (everyone seems to get infected that pops their blisters, as conditions are not very sanitary here!)

Also in a side note I passed mile marker 1400 today. (ok there aren't actual mile markers, just what's written in the guide book) it's starting to seem like each hundred is going slower, even though I've been averaging good miles lately. Maybe in this stretch I'm just feeling the desire to finish.

Clearly by now a hiker this far north has the ability and probably mental fortitude to go all the way. Still, there are so many obstacles! Injury has been my number one thought. Hiking over the rain slicked rocks today and stepping on some hidden "hike-enders" just brings the thought up often. It would be crushing, obviously to come this far and not be successful. I've heard a few joke that they won't say they'll make it until they are within crawling distance of the sign.

Ok, enough negativity!  Woke up to a foggy morning at the Graymoor pavilion... Good weather to hike I suppose. Unfortunately a few miles later it turns to rain... Heavy rain. I am near a road at this time and luckily there is a little map kiosk. I get my bag in there and climb up onto the little shelf thing and sit out the 20 min or so downpour. Then I set off into the dripping vegetation. That's the funny thing about the forest. It sort of evens out the rain. If it's coming down really heavily, the trees keep it steady. But once it stops, the trees keep on dripping steadily!

I ate lunch at an outcrop above the Fahrenstock State Park lake. A couple guys and their kids came out on a hike from the road, they were very nice and their kids were really cute. They wanted to know all about the hike. They offered me some clemintines... Delicious! When I said I was walking to Maine, one of the little girls said "what the!" and I responded "I say that to myself all the time too!"

Just before the shelter I caught back up to Alpine who I thought was long gone. Turns out he stopped in town and also made a wrong turn on the trail. I've yet to really make a mistake like this, but it seems to happen to everyone at some point, I'm sure my moment will arrive!
Only 18 today so I arrive at camp at 4:30!! It's wonderful to just sit around. We are next to a road so I splurge and in true wilderness fashion, order a pizza with Alpine. We enjoy some of the amazing trail magic left behind by "Jim and Helen" from Manhattan. We bumped into them right after they had climbed a mtn with their 2 yr old son Eric. Amazing feat... Looks like a future hiker already!

After the last couple of days being super difficult, the terrain today was great. Easy walking, except where the rain had made things slippery. One great view of the beach area from 700 ft up. The laughter and voices drifting up made me want to go down for a swim!!

The shelter tonight is cinder block and drywalled...odd but not unwelcomed. In case you haven't noticed, I'm sort of walking a densely populated stretch of the country. It'll probably be until MA until things get wild again. Until then I'll enjoy the deli food and ice cream stands!
Hope all is well out there! For my east coasters, and anyone else really... You might still be able to work out hiking with me! If you are interested, you'll have to let me know. As I go north, having internet and phone might not be easy.
Take care,
Donner
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Karen Kerekes on

Rob, I have been enjoying reading your blogs everyday since Chris hiked with you. I look forward to it every morning and sometimes I check for it before I go to bed at night hoping maybe I can read it then. Sounds so exciting and I know that part of the country is so beautiful from all the years I use to go out to North Carolina, Virginia and parts of Penn. I do envy your having the time to do the whole trail. Yes I believe you'll make it. Enjoy and stay safe.

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