Sunday July 16, 2017
Rangeley RT 4 ME 14 miles
Total mileage 945.8
I slept great last night. I was exhausted. I remember the last time I was going to stealth camp alone. I was so scared. Then a couple of other hikers came alone and I felt much better. Last night I didn’t worry about a thing. And if a bear came alone…it would put me out of my misery!
I woke up to a bright sky. It looked like it was going to be a nice day. Plus I was feeling much better and well rested. I was out of camp by 5:45 am. I had 14 miles to complete today and I did great. I was done by 2:15pm. It was a pretty flat day as far as Maine terrian goes. My knees didn’t bother me much at all since there wasn’t much descending that was steep. I have also started to take Aleve to help with the pain.
When I finished today I walked to the Hiker Hut hostel which is only three tenths of a mile from the trail. Jim sent a mail drop/resupply there for me. I had planned to stay there but earlier in the week one of Mom’s classmates, JON, who lives in the area called me and offered to host me.
Since I arrived at the hostel early I took a much needed shower there before meeting JON and stinking up his truck. They had the most amazing outdoor shower. It was in the woods down by a stream. They used a barrel of stream water and a pump to pump the water to the shower head and propane to heat the water. So I was showering right next to a stream in the middle of the woods. It was amazing. The hostel was the cutest place. I wish I had pictures of it. The owners were super nice and welcoming. The only bad thing was there wasn’t any wifi or cell phone service there.
Jon picked me up and I asked if he could take me to an outfitter. I wanted to find some better shoes to ford the streams in. I ordered a pair of crocs but with my narrow feet I just couldn’t walk in them well without them flopping all around. There wasn’t much in the town of Rangeley but I was able to find some teva’s that are strapped on and are supper comfortable.
We headed back to his house and his wife, PAT was making us dinner. I had a huge bowl of pasta with a shrimp and vegetable cream sauce and corn bread. It was so delicious! Real homemade food!