I remember my first zero day. I was in Hot Springs, and couldn't help but think "I should be hiking". I also remember how much my body hurt once I did take a day off. It was like my body telling me, "it's about time you stop for a bit so I can show you what you're doing to me!" I listened, and proceeded to take an hour long soak in a hot spring filled tub.
That was almost 5 months ago.
Today is my last zero day. There is no hot spring here in Stratton Maine to soak in, but I do have a bath tub, a soft bed, and a market across the street.
It's hard to believe this is my last day off before my AT journey ends. My body feels the stress of the last 171 days. My muscles are strong and my joints are sore. My body craves calories this week as the last few days hiking seemed to deplete my energy stores.
I love Maine like I loved New York. It is very difficult, but it's exciting and beautiful. There is water everywhere. Unfortunately much of it is mixed with dirt, making deep sludgy mud.
Luckily, Maine has a lot of board walks so you can stay out of the mud a little. The problem is, most of the boards are old. They get slippery, they break, and sometimes they just float on top of mud and sink when you step on them. This is when it pays to hike behind someone! Hahaha. We have heard many stories of people having boards break, or slipping off them, and falling into mud hip deep. Yuk!
The top of the mountains in Maine turn again to rock, much like New Hampshire. The views of the woods below are spectacular!
Here is the second stream for us to ford, but luckily a board was in place so we didn't have to get wet.
Nothing against New Hampshire and its lovely views above tree line, but I love being in "the woods" again!
We got Silvergirl a giant whoopie pie and a Maine blueberry pie to celebrate.
Dinner was enjoyed at the karaoke bar across the street.
Life is good hiking the AT!
Miles hiked: 1996.0
Miles to go: 188.2