AT17 - Day 4 - A Big Low
Day 4: 8/7 136.5-172.9 Little Bigelow Lean-to
I took off at 3:43, as I still wanted to get to Caratunk and on one of the first ferries across the
Kennebec. I arrived the the Caratunk Bunk house at 8:40
and grabbed my box. Still no phone
service, I logged into their wifi.
My heart sunk when I checked my SPOT.
I had no pings. I thought for
sure this must be an error. I checked
everywhere nothing. I sent out a quick
email to Bill and Matt to see if they had anything for me. I was losing it. I ate a snack and packed my bag. I wanted to keep moving, I was feeling
good. Bill got back to me quick. My take was, it was not the end of the world
as long as I had other documentation, but also, that I could just start over. I hastily decided to keep going. Which, was the right choice for me. But the SPOT loomed over my head. I spent $150 on it, $150 on the service and
probably about $100 more on batteries for it.
I also was not keen on carrying it because it was heavy(130g) especially
with backup batteries(40g) and I had to carry a special screw driver…(all
together, heavy for ultra-light). Why
was it not working?
I had to wait 30-40 minutes for the ferry because the ATC had a group going across to hike a small section. The ferry can only take two at a time. Across the
I trudged on almost slowing myself down in self pity. I pouted for an hour, cried for an hour and
was just breaking down. I decided to lay
down and take a nap for an hour. It
saved me. I felt better upon waking and
came up with a game plan (I’ve learned over the years, being pro-active and
having a plan really eases the stress for me, making a huge difference. Even if what I do isn’t the “correct” thing.) I would video each shelter or mountain and I
would take the SPOT out and turn it off and back on five to ten times per day. I knew it was doubtful I would have service
to check if it was working any time soon but the plan and being pro-active
eased my nerves. I was moving well again
despite again a heavy pack. Its okay I
thought, I am just trying to ease through Maine and these are my two largest carries
anyway. At 18:00 it started raining on
me and did the whole way until I decided to call the day at 18:40 and stay at
the shelter. It had been a trying day
and there was no reason to exhaust myself and run through a rain storm.