Poet operates a store for hiker supplies in a building next to the hostel, but he didn’t open it today until late in the afternoon. When I picked up the box Kim had sent to me we checked out the store and discovered it was well stocked.
Additionally, Poet sat down with us to talk about what to expect in the 100 Mile Wilderness. He offered to hold part of our food and deliver it to us at the halfway point. There was a fee for this, of course, but it seemed very reasonable, so we agreed to the offer. Otherwise, we would have to carry all of the food we need for seven or eight days.
Late in the day we saw Frodo. Samwise and Gimli weren’t there, but they couldn’t have been far away.
Although we still have a week or so to go, everyone here is in a celebratory mood. They will finish in a week. I’m feeling it too, but I know I still have 21.2 miles to finish after I’ve reached the summit of Mt. Katahdin.
There’s no guarantee one of us won’t suffer a similar injury as Skittles. There’s no way to predict or prevent it.
All we can do is do our best and let the cards fall as they may.