I wanted to send a quick note and apologize for the lack of posts lately. After leaving Gorham last week the service dropped immediately. Despite trying at the tops of mountains for any kind of cell reception, it seems that only Verizon covers this region of the country (I'm on AT&T). The viewership this past week has been through the roof so I appreciate you all checking in to see if there are posts.
Santa and I have parted from the main group and are pushing ourselves through Maine in record time. Separating from the group was not easy, was not desirable, and has been difficult to deal with. Despite that, it was necessary as I have set goals for myself and in the end the right decision was to do what's best for me. I'll be driving back to Maine to resummit Katahdin with Legs, Rocket, Dorothy, Blue, Joules, and Canary on the 1st of August. Long days have limited my writing time so I'm a few days back logged, but am working to have posts to put up when I have service. I'm currently on wifi in a restaurant in Stratton, ME. The plan is to 'Marathon' Maine, hiking 26-32 miles every day despite the difficult terrain in order to summit Katahdin on the 26th of July, which will be my 114th day. I had been aiming for 110 but the camaraderie of the group I was with was far more important than just completing it in a time period that sounded good. The days are exhausting but as you all know I'm one for a challenge... 1,000 miles in 5 weeks, 60 miles in 20 hours, etc. As such, this will be a grand finale to an amazing hike. We're a few miles shy of the 2,000 mile mark as I write this, with only 7 days left until I'll arrive in Baxter State Park where Katahdin resides. Next Friday my folks will meet me up there, and come Saturday morning my dad will summit K with Santa and myself. The weather lately has been as much of a challenge as the terrain, unforgiving and at times excruciatingly difficult, but I'm pressing on towards the end.
Thank you, as always, for your continued support. Words do no justice to the influence and motivation your readership, comments, and trail magic have given me over the past 2,000 miles of adventure. In 185 miles I'll have no more walking to do, but please do hang around for some closing blog posts. As far as the next week I can't guarantee being able to post anything, but I'll be writing so you'll have something to read for a few days after my summit.
Onwards, and ever upwards.
Ryan 'Texaco' McKee