When we made arrangements with Poet, he told us he would not just drop off our food. We had to be there when the delivery was made.
This is one of the reasons why we agreed to do the drop-off this way. It eliminates a chance of not getting our food because an animal or unscrupulous hiker got to it first. They are both known to be very hungry.
There was a reason for setting the time at 4 p.m. The drivers who drop off food don’t like to be on that road after dark because of the risk of running into a moose. It’s something I hadn’t considered before, but I can see how it’s a very real risk around here.
We realized now it would be stretch to get to Jo Mary Road by that time. We could get there today, but probably not by 4 p.m. We decided to use our backup plan and call to reschedule the drop-off tomorrow morning.
So though the pressure was off for today, we still wanted to move as fast as possible. We are becoming increasingly concerned about the weather forecast. At our current pace, we would be ready to summit Mt. Katahdin on Thursday. Right now, the forecast calls for thunderstorms that day and the next.
The trail to the summit is closed when the threat of dangerous weather is high. Being forced to sit and wait for the stormy weather to pass through would be painful, but of course, we also want to be safe.