I want to sincerely thank everyone who has left comments on my blog. You have no idea how much it means to me to hear from you and to know that you are following along. I have tried to respond to every comment, so if I missed one of yours, it was completely unintentional. Also, If there is some aspect of trail life you would like me to write about, please let me know.

I have discovered that internet access/cell phone coverage on the trail is less reliable than I had been led to believe. It is very frustrating! Maybe it gets better further north, but I will have to walk there to see. I can usually find some mountain top with enough of a signal to allow texting, but beyond that, I’m forced to be in town for better access. This is the reason that my journals seem to appear in groups, or I respond to comments days after you post them. It’s usually not that I can’t send the journal daily, but I need bandwidth to upload pictures and web access to respond to comments. Even wifi access does not necessarily solve the problem since a lot of hostels/motels limit your ability to upload. I just want everyone to know that I would like to report everyday, but it has just not been possible.

Today has been a typical “zero” day on the trail. I spent the morning drying and cleaning gear, sorting and repackaging the food in my resupply box, and updating and uploading journals. And, of course, some plain sitting around to give my body some recovery time.

The grounds of the Laughing Heart Hostel are very peaceful and relaxing. Much of the complex started as a monastery and the main building, now a B&B, was built in the late 1800’s. It has been very enjoyable to hang out in the common areas and get to know some of the other hikers better.

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Laughing Heart B&B, Built 1892

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Laughing Heart

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Laughing Heart Lawn

This afternoon, I headed downtown to upload pictures and eat. Word got out that the best wifi in town was at the public library (even when it was closed), so I went over there and joined a half dozen other hikers to take care of business.

The other business I had in mind was taking on the famous A.T. Burger at Spring Street Tavern. This monstrosity is comprised of at least a pound of hamburger, cheese, bacon, fried onions, and pickles on garlic Texas toast. I’m ashamed to admit that, for some reason, I failed at this challenge. I finished at least 80% of it, but I just couldn’t go the distance with those last few bites. I’ll be back someday for round #2.

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A.T. Burger

Now it is time to load my pack and get ready to hit the trail in the morning. I’ve heard that it is going to rain, but you’ll never get to Katahdin sitting in town waiting for sunny days.

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Home for the Night