Day 133 – Maine

SPECK pond shelter to Andover Maine – 14.9 miles
1928.4 / 256.9

It was a beautiful night at Speck Pond shelter, we were right on the water. I was up at 6 am to start the day and left around 7:45. I did a work for stay involving picking up trash so I didn’t have to pay the fee. Hiked with Uff-da for the day and we made it 1.4 miles to the top of Speck Mt in good time. However I forgot my camera at the shelter so had to hike back down and then back up again!

After that it was an easy climb down 2500 ft to Grafton Notch where we took a break. We then had a climb of 2100 ft up Bald Plate Mt which was very steep and taxing. The weather was beautiful and so were the views. Ran into Flex and Two Forks on the trail and we all headed to Andover together.

We made it to the road by 6 pm, waited 20 minutes and a guy in a pickup truck gave us a ride. He was a character. He had surveyed the trail in Maine before GPS, he was a ‘taxidermy teacher’ (he gave me his card) and he was in the Guinness book of world records for longest canoe. 149 ft and 1 inch. We got to Pine Ellis lodge in Andover where the 4 of us got a ‘rustic cabin’. I met the Fox sister whom I had hiked with back in NJ and now they were heading south from Katahdin, it was very cool to see them!

We were driven to the cabin around 8:30. We arrived to a spot straight out of a Steven King book. It was well in the woods, and had a covered bridge next to it and everything.

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About shwayze23jbj
Live for the outdoors

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