We now only have nine miles to go to reach Monson, which is the last town before the 100 Mile Wilderness and Mt. Katahdin.
In all of the days to this point that I have been on the trail, there have only been two when I questioned why I was still hiking. The first was my second day on the trail after taking a week off. That feeling didn’t last long. I soon became enthralled as I crossed Max Patch with rain blowing sideways.
I wouldn’t question my desire to complete this hike for another 126 days. Then after a difficult descent from Mt. Washington to Madison Spring Hut, I wanted to quit. That feeling only lasted about 20 minutes.
I’ve dreamed of doing this hike for many years. Except for those two brief, bad moments, I never wanted it to end before I had reached the end.
Now that I’m nearly done, I’m ready for to be done. It’s a bittersweet feeling.