Just when I thought we had made it through the rough stuff we had to endure several more days that made the previous days seem like a cake walk in comparison. Apparently, we were not through the Whites as I boasted in our last blog. I learned that we had to scratch our way through the Carter Range starting in Pinkham Notch. We finally crossed over into Maine (Wahoo!) and headed into Mahoosuc Notch which boasts the most difficult mile on the AT — an amazing pit of boulders. It took us two hours to go one mile!! Once we made it through the Notch, we had to climb a vertical beast that pushed us down with monstrous gravity. We could not believe how difficult it was. And to think, this is self-inflicted. Right now, we are in Andover, Maine in a hiker hostel to resupply and rest. Our feet and knees are throbbing in rhythmic fashion, and we still have some difficult days ahead but the terrain will get better we are told. I promise, no more whining after today’s blog. We’re very grateful for our niece Nicole who helped us resupply early in the Whites and then when our water filter pump handle broke she got additional time off from work to meet us on the trail with the fix we needed. Thank you, Lord, for Nicole. Lately, we have talked on the trail about so many of you who have gone out of your way like Nicole to help us succeed. We are so grateful and humbled by your care. This hike has been a team effort all the way. Lastly, we still have not seen a moose though we did scare a weasel up a tree yesterday. Not quite the same as a moose.
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