Did I make 18.5? No. 15.7. But it’s because late in the day I checked the description of the shelter, and it has one… one… tent platform. There’s a caretaker, and nothing in the comments says anything about additional tent sites. I didn’t want to risk getting there at 6 and having them tell me to hike on—particularly since the next tent site, also with a caretaker, has platforms. My tent isn’t freestanding. Platforms are very difficult. (I’m about done with non-freestanding tents, I think. I want my next one to be freestanding.)
It worked out OK. There’s a heat advisory in effect, with like… 100% humidity. It wasn’t bad at elevation, but now I have a heat rash on my chest and shoulders, from the wet pack straps, I assume.
I don’t have an overdrive, but I have an underdrive—meaning I got up at 3:30 and started night hiking at 4:45. Yeah, still creepy. After dawn, at around 6:30, I’m pretty sure I saw a bear. Could have been a deer, though. It was around a bend, so there were trees in the way, and I had my bug net on. Something crashed, I looked ahead, we saw each other, then it instantly bounded off into the woods and went silent.
Today was the beginning of tough, I think. Bromley Mountain was steep, and the top mile was actually the ski slope. 😄 I remember going down that and thinking, ‘Thank god I’m going SOBO.’
Oh! Speaking of SOBOs, I’m starting to see them! Met a guy named Glucose today. It’s interesting to hear how they handled the Katahdin situation. These’s a lot of variation.
And speaking of glucose, I’m out of candy. The next two days should be interesting. 😆
Made my reservation at Inn at Long Trail. I cannot WAIT for this zero. I haven’t taken a zero since Harpers Ferry (plenty of neros, though).