Day 158

Friday. 14th Sep

I woke way as I was uncomfortable on my buggered mat. as I lay there I heard a weird noise, a new noise. could it be moose? I grabbed my phone threw on my flip flops and crashed through the woods to the creek

The sound was much louder a mowing or bellowing sound. follwed by lots of crashing. and I could see the trees moving ..I trainined my phone on the sound and was shortly rewarded eithbthe large head of a Bill.moose poking out of thevtree but itvwas brief before he retreated into the forest. But it was brillisnyvand made my day .I was so so excited a moose and a huge bull.moose at thst . whoop

I made my way back to.my tent an6f began to strip down

I was still on cloud nine . I made a brew ..drained it and in was ready

.it was about. .8mile to the shelter I could of done that yesterday but then.i may not of seen my moose.

so pushed on I shortly began to see tents .then met passenger ..how goes it man .

So good to see you. I then found the privy. after I visited the shelter and was surprised to see the when of the slack packing team

. we took a few photos then of set off it was about 16 miles to Abol bridge then a hitch into millinocket..

I pushed on. but the trail was pretty crappy mainly roots so my pace was slow painfully slow . but the scenery was pretty amazing

i pushed on passing so many amazing lakes .eventually I stopped at a spring to grab more water. There were reports that there were moose here .but there was nothing when i arrived..

It was a beatiful.day and it was beginning to get warmer as I hiked.. I pushed in passing more and more lakes. then I saw two familiar faces . sat on a rock by the lake was So-hum and Kalidascope

bloody he’ll i exclaimed I thought you guys were long gone..kitchen wander woman arrived so I asked her to take our photos.

I then followed then out. but I gave up keeping up and began to drop back . I then began to climb up.more rock slabs and the heat hit me like an oven door being opened.. it was like a furnace..I had to stop toput my bandana around my head to stop the sweat stinging my eyes . Then Katahdin appeared OMG MY END GOAL!!It looked amazing I stood in awe of the mountain

this was to be the end of my journey . all those days months and miles. I hoped to climb this beauty Sunday or Monday .

I pushed on my watch counting down the hours. , at 12 .30.I decided thst I deserved a break and found a great rock to sit on . I dropped my packed put on a brew.. several other hikers began to pass .Wander woman, Passenger and bleep and lastly the commander before I packed up and set off After them .

I caught them at the next shelter the last shelter on the AT so I stopped to sign the book.

But only paused before continuing on . I was getting excited at reaching Abol bridge..

I pushed on and typically the trail became an obstacle course lots of trippy roots slippery rocks and Then walking the plank .and when the trail became nice it was a biggish climb ..then at last I reached a sign telling me I was exiting the 100 mile wilderness and I laughed to myself that i was still alive. ha ha . then it was a short walk before i came to road.as I crossed it a car came past thst i recognised as being the commanders wife ..I waved and said thst they were about 30 minutes behind.

There to my right was Abol bridge. whoop whoop.as I walked across I was so busy looking at a comarant sat on a rock in the river thst I competly missed the Amazing view of Katahdin….( I will come back).

I crossed over and saw the store with several packs outside . I dropped mine and walked in ordered a large sprite a beer and a burger and fries and fell into a booth.

Several .other hikers were here so we chatted untill my food came

as we ate chatting and eating So-hum and kaleidoscope appeared. What an amazing view of the mountain Snail they said

Which one I replied

Katahdin as you crossed the river Snail.

I didnt see it I replied!!

They were speechless as was several.other hikers .

I was so busy looking at the bloody constant I had completely ignored the one thingbthatvwas my goal.

How did I manage thst. so as soon as I had woofed my dinner iwalked back.to photo the mountain and strangely the comarant was still.there.

i walked back to.the store and Then I orderd up a large ice cream BlackBerry yummy.

it was getting on almost 6pm and install.had to hitch into millinocket .

So-hum & Kalidascope were hiking on so I said my goodbyes and headed for the road

I began to walk and was picked up by a tour guide taking two customers bavk to their lodge. I sat in the back which was very exhilarating.

He dropped me off at the hostel but I had forgotten thst it was trail days and so the town was heaving so no room.

But there were so many familiar faces . so I caught up on the Goss for a while but I needed a bed so headed to the hotel about a mile away it was just over $100 but I needed a bed . I then went to the shops brought some beer and then to McDonald’s.

Once back.i.did laundry then caught up on my blog.

then zzzzz

Start. 2

Finish. 11
Miles. 16
miles left.

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