Day 5 Eastern Trail : Retreat! 

Start: Freshwater Pond End: Blackwater Road 3k Miles: 1.8

Daybreak bailout. The rain that began at midnight was now driving against the tent. The locals who were camped above us slid down the hillside and one of them advised me to follow their lead and head back out, hit the highway south, and hitch to Petty Harbor rather than hike the trail 12 more miles in pounding rain to get there.
This confirmed my concern to keep moving in case of rain. The map guide for the section ahead counsels that if conditions are windy or slippery then it’s best  hike the road. Furthermore, heavy rain floods the trail ahead  at Staffordside and raises stream levels at Killickstone Cove.

So out we went. It was less than 2 miles from our campsite to the highway. There was so much water flowing in the trail I gave up trying to avoid it and walked through whatever pools presented themselves. My tent and tent fly are completely saturated and have to be dried out. That will be impossible with wet weather all around us.

After a dozen cars splashed past us a new Mercedes pulled over and a young couple drove us to the Coffee Shop in Petty Harbor where they worked. With no motels here a cursory check on the internet informed me that there wasn’t a room to be had, so we called Mary and she had room avaivlable at Wild Roses B&B and picked us up in 10 minutes.
Sometimes it is necessary to retreat in order to move on.

Here is footage clipped from Mark Shaw’s drone mission here. ​

About Tom Jamrog

I'm sixty-seven and live in the Maine woods. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2007, the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010, Vermont's Long Trail in 2011, the Continental Divide Trail in 2013, the Camino Portugese (2016), and Newfoundland's East Coast Trail (2017) . I am outdoors every day. I offer guided backpacking trips and classes in Maine, through "Uncle Tom's Guided Adventures".
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3 Responses to Day 5 Eastern Trail : Retreat! 

  1. Rockdawg69 says:

    Good move UT. Been there, done that.
    And nice touch BI on the remote controls for the video.


  2. Rockdawg69 says:

    Forgot to ask if the hammock got wet??? Probably not is my guess. Depends on the tarp and pitch. I’ve yet to get wet from rain in my hammock(s). Fog and mist are another matter altogether!!!


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