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2019-06-05 at 14:58 #7435Udar GromovKeymaster
Today – FR 05-24 Pierce Pond Lean-to 1,167′ – hike 11 mi
07:03 slow start due to rain. It was raining all night, and rain continues now. It was not cold, so I slept well. Today I have 9.9 mile in front of me on a relatively flat terrain – 1200 -1500′.
Cuts on soles of both feet did not bother me at night
08:32 put on a poncho and reach a dry toilet. While walking through the bushes I found a whistle – how long ago someone dropped it?
09:42 Rain is finally ending. Taking pictures of the Pierce Pond where I spent the night. I took a very long walk for water – good 300 yards, but water has a taste of decaying leaves, but it is OK.
Interestingly, there are nor pictures and no memories between 11 AM and 2 PM. Elevation profile shows that I climbed for the first hour and then descended the rest of the time.
11:58 at a height 1400′ I was able to send Lira a text that everything is OK.
According to my notes, trail is very broken down, confusing and sometimes one must search where the trail goes next. At 13:43 I’ve crossed the river without taking shoes off. Briefly, I even saw some sun, but now it is gloomy and windy again.
14:03 I’ve reached some interesting beaver bog pond that is crossed by a peculiar hiking bridge. I called a trestle bridge. Here I can take a break and marks a half point of the today’s journey. So far, I did 4.4 miles in 3 hours. I am virtually reached the Carrying Place road that I biked yesterday. There is no signal. I do not know if forecast has changed. Remaining hike still be mostly flat, but wet and dirty.
14:30 I am sitting on the bridge and my both legs hanging over toward water.
14:43 new Keen open hiking sandals are proving to be very good. They dry very fast and feet are very comfortable in it. I bought them SUN 2019-05-12 at Nordstrom Rack for $65.
14:55 I crossed the Carrying Place road. Yesterday I did not notice where AT crosses the road. Road is rather active – I see 2 pickup truck with boas and fishing gear are driving by.
15:45 I am at East Carry Pond.
16:09 Complete 6.8 miles. Met first hikers. They told me that Bigelow range is covered with 2 ft. of snow. And all I have is sandals for the shoes. I would have to think about alternative routes. I need to cover 3.2 till the next shelter. I will be there probably by 6 PM. I am at the East Carry Pond. It is a gorgeous set: the water and the quiet and no worries for miles. The sun is trying to poke through but can’t
16:49 crossing Long Pond Road. There are multitude of trails and markers here. AT here goes along the road for about 300 yards.
16:53 Revolutionary war commander and later might be traitor Benedict Arnold was trekking here back in 1775, and march of his 1000-strong troop today marked with a Carrying Pong Portage Trail.
17:00 reach another one of these bridges on wooden trestles. I see some sun, but I must move on as there are still couple of miles remaining.
18:12 Snow! Here, right on at edge of the pond there is snow – plenty of snow at the end of May. I need to walk on it – there is now way around it. Why here?
Last section of endless track – snow that couldn’t be avoided. Very sudden snow, right at the pond level. If we have snow here, what should I expect at the elevation?
18:29 Finally, I’ve reached the shelter – no one around. I will be alone, although around 7 PM I’ve heard voices from the pond banks.
Fire from a dry material saved by previous hikers inside the shelter. Enough fire to boil water twice. Water here yellowish, but tasty. There is special water house that look like a doghouse that covers the pool of water for drinking.
20:22 Here shelter is about 100 yards from the edge of the water. Not like in Pierce Pond where you practically at the water level.
Main course – Mushroom risotto. After adding water, you should wait 20 minutes. Very good, but a bit too much.
21:08 one of the last pictures of the day – all my stuff neatly spread next to my sleeping quarters
TH 05-23 Boston – drive 232 mi to AT on 4/27, Maine – bike 29.5 mi – hike 0.7 mi
FR 05-24 Pierce Pond Lean-to 1,167′ – hike 11 mi
SA 05-25 West Carry Pond Lean-to 1,311′ – hike 8.5 mi
SU 05-26 Little Bigelow Lean-to 1,801′ – hike w/o backpack 5.4 x 2 mi – first snow
MO 05-27 Little Bigelow Lean-to – hike 11 mi through two 4,000′ peaks with heavy snow
TU 05-28 Horns Pond Lean-to 3,151′ – hike 5.6 mi, drive 29.4 to bike, drive 251.5 mi
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