(Daily Mi: 14.7) Nice big breakfast and boatride back to the Trail. Crusader had a drop box at the Landing his wife arranged to have shipped c/o of the owners. I Scored a bunch of additional trail snacks and an extra dinner at the camp store. Didn't get back on the Trail until almost 9:30 though.
Lots of rough trail again. Rocks. Roots. Lots of blowdowns. Many pointless ups and downs. Some good views of Katahdin.
Catch Chile around noon and walk with him for a bit.
Half raced a section hiker named John we met last night at the White House Landing for the last three odd miles. Was making Crusader crazy that a guy hiking only from Monson was keeping up, but John was a strong hiker in his early 30s and we all hit camp around the same time.
Nice shelter. Good water. Big group of older women in. Tortoise and her daughter come in about 20 minutes behind us. Chile stops for dinner but continues on a few more miles to camp for the night.
Nice chat with John who is from the Pacific Northwest and, temporarily at loose ends, decided to hike the wilderness. He is a little afraid of Crusader who glowers at him all evening and who has started to get paranoid about long distance hiker space in Baxter.
Very excited about making Abol tomorrow. Find register entries by: Woodman, Porkchop, Stout, Rocky and many others. Woodman's entry is about 10 days old meaning he summited about a week ago and is home in Indianna.
Leave a long and joyful message for the Potato Man who is probably just starting Maine now.
About an hour after dark Bucky stumbles in by headlamp on his broken foot, cursing up a storm. Must be killing him, but he has a plane out of Portland in 4 days and no intention of missing it.