Sunday 16th September
It was dark.when I got out of bed
I dressed and went to use the bathroom then put on the kettle for tea. yes a kettle.
At 6.10 I took my pack downstairs and loaded it into the mini bus . There were 7 of us heading out with another being picked up along the way .
We were soon on our way . Once out of town the tarmac soon was replaced by a dirt road. It was a beautiful morning and we were all looking forward to some great views once we began climbing
Old Man the owner and our driver then put on eye of the tiger ,(Rocky) as the mountain came into view.
What a great choice of song ..it had the desired effect on all.of us
We drove through the gate house and into Baxter Park. We were here. I signed In then got my permit and I was ready. I hoisted up my pack then strolled across the bridge and onto the trail THIS IS IT !!
As usual the trail starts gently winding slowly up .. as rounded a corner I saw Bilbo who was hiking with his brother .So we grabbed a photo before continuing
on . As I crossed a stream there were about a dozen friendly faces all watering up. I caught up.on the gossip .Then I was off then the climbing started not too bad. but still a scramble . that progressively got harder and steeper.
It was time to put my poles away . Okay here we go . and typically the clouds began to roll In . I was climbing in the mist. Omg some of the climbs were high and hard as you had to pull yourself up. There were iron holds but it still required effort. This workout lasted about 30 minutes then it levelled out. There was Twinkle and several other hikers who were taking a break ..
See you at the top guys I said and walked past I was now on a path that was bordered with string . Come on sun I thought to myself …as I made my way up. I met two old friends coming down.
Spider and feather who I hadn’t seen since Dalesville months ago .We hugged out then I pushed on .
it was about another 40 minutes and omg I was there .I was at Baxter Peak. the top of Katahdin. and oh so many friends were there.
I waited for my turn to climb the famous sign . My hiker buddy The invisible man took my photos and videos. So Big Thanks. Invisible Man
Omg my hike is done . it’s done, I’ve bloody done it .
I started April 11 and I have been on trail for all these months and taken over 6 million steps .
I sat on top and just relaxed taking my thoughts .
Then it’s the inevitable Down . I followed the path down.the invisible man soon past me as most other hikers do. I leapfrogged a lady and her two daughters who had driven 3 hours to climb the mountain and also hoped for for a view.
I left the top about 12.30 and was down at the rangers station by 2pm .Invisible man was relaxing in the sun and of course the cloud was lifting as I.made my decent.
The lady with her daughter’s offered to give us a ride back to.town but they wanted to stop.halfeay for icecream..
that of course was fine by us .
Once back.at the hostel .my first chore was to remove my beard then shower then beer .
We went to the bar and had a few beers and I had the food sampler. bloody tasty I kept looking at the lobsters in the tank..maybe another day !!.
while there my mates from.home FaceTimed .me which was great ..home soon guys.
We then returned back.to.the hostel. with a 20 pack and watched a few Dvds.
but I didn’t want to.be late as I wanted to hike a 10 mile stretch that I missed
miles left. ZERO