Our Hanover hostess Judy commented on my blog a few days ago, explaining why people are keen to see moose. They are apparently really wild and rare – once they weren’t that rare but a disease almost wiped them out. Many Americans have never seen one and everybody on the trail is hoping to come across one. They are – like our hippos – bottom feeders. Maine has many lakes so it is especially around the lakes that we are on the lookout for them. I am now also keen to see one!
The hostel we stayed at last night had nice coffee (most hostels have plain old fashioned perculator coffee and it actually beats most of these new fancy coffee machines) and Naomi, the woman who sat with the owner at the kitchen table (“office”) all day yesterday, arrived at 6am with freshly baked poppy seed muffins (and then sat down at the kitchen table again, think it is her daily routine). She is the muffin-angel and brings muffins every day so the hikers can have muffins with their coffee.
I think Geronimo (the Red Indian looking x-son in law) “owns” the hostel but the house belongs to the old woman and they probably split the revenue.
Today was boring hiking, we had 10km of relatively easy walking, then climbed up and down two mountains (ascended 1800m and ended up doing a 24km day – I think it is our longest daily distance since we started the Whites) but had no views and nothing interesting happening. We met a new group of people (Professor, Crouton, Point Break and Liberty) but frankly, the energy and cameradery has left the trail. Everybody now wants to get this done. Talk is no longer about everything under the son – talk is about whether to order a food drop for the 100mile wilderness, and how to avoid finishing on the weekend of Labour Day (when the park will be too busy).
I can start telling you about the 100mile wilderness: this is right at the end of the hike, just before you climb Mount Kathadin. The trail runs through 100 miles (160km) of “wilderness” – no towns or civilisation nearby. Seems as if hikers estimate it to take 5-7 days to walk that section. There is one road crossing where one can arrange (it is costly) to have food dropped, but as Trevor and I have walked with 6 days of food before we will just take our food for the period. On that stretch there will be no cell phone reception either. But hopefully there will be moose!
I hope I will have a more interesting day tomorrow so that I can have a more interesting blog for you to read 😀. It is strange how my mood changed. Yesterday I had a lovely hiking day but today it felt as if I was just plodding to get to the end. Less than 400km to go…. I cannot believe that we have walked more than 3 100km!