Today started out well, but ended up tough. So much of long-distance hiking is mental.
Our itinerary called for 21.2 miles. I was hiking 30-35 on the Ice Age Trail, and 25 on the Florida and North Country Trails, so 21.2 should be nothing, right? Well, no. Stubs and I were having difficulties with the terrain. Basically the trail was all steep uphills or downhills, plus rocky. As in, you are walking on rocks most of the time. You can’t walk around them. You have to walk on them. This hurts the bottoms of your feet after a while.
The other bad thing was that about three-quarters of the way through the hike we thought we were on the way down one mountain and on the home stretch. But we still had Lamentation Mountain to climb. That was a soul-crusher.
Enough of the whining! Any day on the trail is a great day. We saw many beautiful views from the mountain/ridge tops. The weather was gorgeous. And the vast majority of the day was fantastic. It just had a difficult ending.
I hope there are not so many rocks tomorrow!
Snowshoe and Stubs
Map Miles: 21.2
Map Miles to Date: 77.8
iPhone Miles: 19.4
iPhone Miles to Date: 74.5
Steps to Date: 192,900
Flights Walked: 193
Flights to Date: 718