Monday, July 16, 2012

38 on 39 and finished

09 July 2012

The plan for the day was to paddle partway down the St. John River and find a place to spend the last night, camping beside the river.  Got up st 5:30 and on the river about an hour later.  Where the Allagash River runs into the St. John River is Two Rivers, and the dining spot Kelly's Landing.  Sometimes groups consider eating Breakfast there as the reward for a successful adventure in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway.  Decided to stop and see what it was all about.  Hunting pictures and trophies decorate the comfortably appointed interior.  Founders Tylor and Leitha Kelly started with a hot dog stand in 1976, and a restaurant in 1985.  They were there eating breakfast.  Ate my Breakfast and talked with several of the locals.  They told me... no problem, the St. John's River drops quickly and you should have a strong tail wind all the way... you can reach Fort Kent easily TODAY!!  Second time I heard that, and the competitive juices took over.  It was a screaming fast trip of 38 miles in 7 1/2 hours to arrive in Fort Kent and at the Eastern Terminus of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.  Is has taken 39 days to complete the trail.
That evening, posted the following note on Facebook:

"This afternoon, after paddling, wheeling, lining, tracking, pushing, pulling, lifting and cajoling my kayak and equipment over 700 miles, completed a thru-paddle of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. A challenging and awesome adventure covering 39 days"

1 comment:

  1. Mark--I'd like to talk to you about your trip. My email address is associated with my paddler blog on the NFCT site. I was a 2011 paddler. Thanks--Katina