Starting Location: Mahar Tote Road
Destination: Rainbow Stream Lean-to
Total Miles: 2152.8
After a massive group breakfast that featured all-you-can-eat blueberry pancakes, our merry band of thru-hikers loaded into the boat for a ride back across the lake and back to our default task of hiking north. Not 2 hours into the day, we came across a random woods road near the shore of a lake where a picnic tent had been setup to host trail magic of hot dogs, hamburgers, and giant pieces of fruit. Our hiker appetites being what they are, we were all too happy to stuff ourselves for a second time.
The rest of the day felt like the beginnings of something akin to a farewell tour, with a more relaxed pace and conversations that drifted back to memories of the previous months on trail, and anticipation of the final climb to the summit of Mt. Katahdin.
Another hot one, I’m camped in my tent on a bed of pine needles, the sound of a bubbling stream a stone’s throw away, sweating just lying still.