Day 141: Stratton, ME to Avery Memorial Campsite

August 2, 2013

Today’s mileage: 8.1
Total mileage: 2005.8

So, unfortunately I just accidentally deleted everything that I had written tonight. It’s late, I’m tired, and pissed at what I just did. As a precursor to this “new” post, I will say that I don’t think it will be as good as my original post that I deleted. I’m just too tired to spend another hour composing my post. Why doesn’t Apple have an “undo” option on the iPhone? This makes no sense to me whatsoever. If there is, then I feel stupid for not knowing about it.

We have officially hiked over 2,000 miles as of this afternoon! It feels crazy that we walked that far, but I feel more badass than anything else. That’s not something the I usually say about myself.

As usual, I didn’t want to get out of bed this morning, but Miles helped the process by cooking up breakfast sandwiches and delivering that and an orange juice to the couch. We watched TV and relaxed before Jeff took us into Stratton to hit up the post office and the grocery store. We made salads for lunch back at the camp and then he took us back to the trailhead. We waited until the afternoon to leave since it was raining pretty heavily this morning. A good decision for sure. A huge thank you to Meg and Jeff for everything that they did for us! Our time with them was short, but we enjoyed it nonetheless. They are lucky to live in such a beautiful area.

Thunder threatened us as we began hiking around 1:45. Just our luck, I thought, as we hiked beyond the road. For once, we were lucky, and the storm just missed us. We were excited to hike the Bigelows again this year after doing a test run on the AT last August. It’s one of the tougher sections, but it’s absolutely beautiful. It is definitely one of my favorite spots on the entire trail. It’s here that we met Mamaw B last year as she neared the end of her thru-hike. We thought we may never see her again and we wondered when she had finished. We were excited when she found my Trail Journal and offered to help us out on our 2013 thru-hike. I think it’s amazing that someone we met briefly on the trail last year became a friend and trail angel. I remember meeting Mamaw and Rainbow last year at Horns Pond. We were intimidated meeting our first thru-hikers. We shyly admitted to our plans to thru-hike. And now, here we are, in the same place that they were last August! Less than 200 miles from Katahdin. We will not only remember the Bigelows for their beauty, but for the lifelong friend that we made here.

The trail is steep through most of the range, but we made good time compared to our hike here last year. We knew what to expect and that our climbs would be rewarded with amazing views down to the Carrabassett Valley, Sugarloaf, and Flagstaff Lake. We went up South Horn and then to the west peak of Bigelow Mountain. Up at 4,000 feet, there’s a lot to see. Rain started falling on top of west peak, so we booked it down to the Bigelow Col and set up our tent on one of the platforms. We also camped here last year, so it was nice to stay here again. We had a 2,000 mile celebratory dinner that we had cooked back at the house and packed out. We ate tortellini, steak, bread, and drank boxed wine in our sleeping bags, laughing and reminiscing late into the night. Our days are numbered out here, so we’re taking it all in while we still can.

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