The hike into Monson was easy and uneventful. I arrived a little before noon and had time to hit a restaurant, do laundry, and buy some unbelievably expensive resupply food. I intend to try to complete the 100 mile wilderness in six days which would leave me one cushion day in case there is weather on Mount Katahdin. I really wish that I had booked the flight later so I could zero and rest at Shaws Hostel. But I will hike out tomorrow.
Shaw’s Hostel is one of the most famous hostels on the trail. It was full with probably 40 hikers staying getting ready for the wilderness. I saw Bambi again there but did not know most of the other hikers. I decided to spring for a private room to make sure I got enough rest. I’m really tired and foot sore and could use a zero. The forecast for the next two days is for humid weather with highs reaching 90 degrees.
I take it pretty easy the rest of the day and compile my 18 pounds of food for the wilderness. That shoots the pack weight with two liters of water to a back breaking 48 pounds. It will, of course, go down as I eat the food. But the first couple days will be heavy. Happy trails.