09-06-2008, 08:44 PM
I will be traveling to Maine at the end of next week. Another Alabama Geocacher (Gubbool) http://findingwarren.com/ is hiking the Applachian Trail ( he's now at the Maine/NH line). The plan is for he
& I to meet somewhere in Maine. I'll drive him to Baxter SP & we'll do
Katahdin together. After that we'll both hike the AT southbound. I'll drop off to return home & he'll continue to our original meeting spot in your beautiful state. I'll be with him until the 19th.
The overall plan is for him to bicycle back to Alabama. The geocache
angle (beside me wanting to get a few caches in each state between
Alabama & Maine :)) is I will be bringing a bike trailer & tools for him to have during his return trip to Alabama. The plan is to purchase a Walmart bike when he returns near the original rondezvous point.
So we were wanting to know if there are a few geocachers in the area who might be able to help with either storage of the trailer for a couple of weeks [folds up to about the size of a folding metal chair) or at least help us pick a good place to "geocache the trailer" for a couple of weeks.
Looking forward to do a few Maine Geocaches too.
oldboyhiker aka Steve
09-06-2008, 09:02 PM
Sounds like fun! I'm sure one of us can set you up. Any idea what area of the state would be convenient for you?
09-06-2008, 11:00 PM
There are some geocaches on the Golden Road right by Abol Bridge. The AT crosses Abol Bridge before heading in to Baxter state park.
I have some questions about the person you hooking up with. I am very much very AT knowledgeable I guess you could say.
What is his trail name?
Does he keep a journal on www.trailjournals.com (http://www.trailjournals.com)?
What guidebook is he using if he is using one?
Does he keep a journal on
09-07-2008, 12:23 PM
I exchanged a couple of emails with this guy after he received my welcome message. I suggested that he contact you and gave him a link to the WhiteBlaze site.
09-07-2008, 04:56 PM
Thanks guys. :)
Click on the link Findingwarren.com on my original message. That takes you to his (Trail name and GC name Gubbool) last trail journey entry. An interesting character. We have a link on our Dixiecacher (Alabama Cache site similar to this one) so he is quite the local hiking/caching hero.
I assume the part of Maine we would like to drop the trailer in will be close to his & I meeting point. He's still in NH apparently. (we talk only weekly at most, but we should talk several time this week). So I'm figuring on the west side of Hwy 201. Looks like not too many towns there so looks like it may have to be off trail quite a bit. Maybe Farmington or Rumford for a bigger town with a Walmart, but if there is a worthy town closer toi the trail that would probably be better.
09-07-2008, 11:57 PM
You might want to get a hold of Shaw's Lodging in Monson Maine and they may be able to help you out. They are right near the trail and are well known up and down the trail. It is the last trail town before he will be heading into the 100 mile wilderness.
09-08-2008, 02:00 PM
Talked to Gubbool. He's at Gorum NH, so not as far as i thought. He'll take a zero day at Rangely on the 15th where I will pick him up. Looks like I'll be accompanying him from Katadin down to Cooper or Logan Brook Shelters. Then I've got a shuttle to take me back to Millinocket. The shuttle guy says there is a phone at Henderson checkpoint Anybody, know of a good internet AT Trail map of the 100 mile wilderness showing any roads in & out of there with trail intersections?
Will geocache a little of Eustis on Monday too I hope. :)
09-09-2008, 12:52 AM
The only roads that I have used for AT access in the 100 mile wilderness is the KI (Katahdin Ironworks) road/gate that will take you to Gulf of Hagas.
The Jo-Mary road/gate will get you into Crawford Pond via B-pond road or Cooper via Jo-Mary road. If you follow Jo-Mary further out I believe it will take you to Nahmakanta Lake. There are also other gates and entrances but these or the two most commonly used. I am not familur with any of the other gates but if you need to know any more or need directions I can put you in contact with someone that can help you that lives just outside the 100 mile wildeness.
09-09-2008, 12:55 AM
I forgot to mention. I would like to meet you and Warren and could have if he was just a week ahead of where he is now. I am putting on a hiker feed in Monson this weekend for thru hikers behind the school in the ball fields on the 13th and 14th.
09-10-2008, 07:47 PM
Is Alabama down past Portland?:)
Is Alabama down past Portland?:)
Silly Geocacher, havent you learned that anything south of waterville is North Alabama:p
09-18-2008, 01:39 PM
We have Warren's bike, trailer and tool kit in our garage and his laptop in the house. Warren and Steve are both a lot of fun, we really enjoyed meeting them. Steve heads home on the 20th and Warren will continue walking south to Andover, then he'll hitchhike back here, get his bike etc. and bicycle back to Alabama. I was hoping he'd reach Eustis in time to come to the event so everyone could meet him, but he thought he wouldn't be back this far by then.
09-29-2008, 09:02 PM
Just now getting back in the swing of things back home recuperating from obh’s “Oh no I’ve lost my mind and I can’t believe I’m Really Going to Drive All the Way Up To Maine To Rescue an Old Homeless Guy In The Woods Tour”. A fun filled week of 3800 miles of highway driving to pick up Gubbool a north bound AT flip-flop through hiker and leave him a bicycle with Kyaking Loon for his return trip, 180 gallons of used gas through 14 States, with 130 caches found, one 5000 foot mountain climbed, 40 miles of the Appalachian Trail hiked - avoiding 1 moose & 1 deer through The 100 Mile Wilderness. 4 nights of sleeping in the truck in public places, 5 nights of sleeping in the wilderness, one skinny dip in a frigid lake (good thing you didn't come down to the lake early the first day kayaking loon ;)) , 3 blisters, 9 days of camp food of Ramen noodles & candy bars, and countless heavy footsteps along the rugged stony Maine AT. Oh what fun. :cool: :cool: :cool:
What can I say to you folks up in Maine? Some really cool people up :) there!. The Chenoweth's were absolutley wonderful! How could we know that good "southern" hospitality can be found even up in MAINE!!! ;)
Anyway, thanks for the e-mails & the notes on this forum. Warren is south of Monson now & should be finishing up in two weeks. From my point of view I enjoyed meeting the through hikers. Wow, even normal people do this (Don't tell Warren I said that). I wasn't in the shape I wanted to be in, but made the milage I needed to. Enjoyed picking up a few Maine caches all over the state & even did "A Town Used to be Here" at midnight in the dark on the lake shore. very rock trails on the Maine AT compared to what I am used to in Alabama.
attroll: Unfortunately I just now saw your invite post.. Our shuttle guy Bryant Davis from Medvale knew who you were & gave you two thumbs up for your involvement with the AT. :)
The day Warren & I made Katahdin it was beautiful. Only a few wispy clouds wich passed through.
Funny thing about the Portland joke. We hiked up to Katahdin with a guy who told us he was from Portland..... Oregon!:rolleyes:
Shame about some of the geocaches being archived near the AT. We did one near Eustis & it was archived a day or two after we'd been by. We logged it! :D