Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Day 35


Awoke at our stealth camp on the Upper Dam portage after a night of steady rain to find the sun greeting us from a relatively clear sky - miraculous.

Paddled northward up Mooselookmeguntic, a beautiful lake with several islands to shelter a paddler from the wind and waves. Worked our way through a headwind to Shelter Island where we turned eastward and sailed to Stony Batter Point.

A short paddle from there brought us to Haines Landing where we portaged 1 mile into Rangeley Lake. Along the way we met some Unity Students hanging out at a general store - small world...

Sailed from the put in all the way down the lake to City Cove - maybe 6 miles or so. Good strong wind - we could see the clouds building behind us, might see a thunderstorm soon. 23.2 miles today!

Found our way to Gull Pond Lodge - a hostel that caters mostly to thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail. NFCT paddlers should look it up, Bob is a gracious host and offers shuttles to town and a cozy place to rest (207.864.5563)! We plan to zero out tomorrow and re-supply here in town. Supplies and such get a bit thin from here on in, so we have a few mail drops to work out.
Above: Bean portages India into Mooselookmeguntic Lake

Weather: fine and breezy

Wildlife: 6 loons, heron, after starting the portage we returned to find a deer hanging our next to our gear in the campsite, wow!

"The race will go to the curious, the slightly mad and those with an unsated passion for learning and daredeviltry." ~ Tom Peters

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