Today was a long day. I hitched a ride to the trailhead at 5:45am and hiked until 8:30pm with about 45mins of rest with the pack off. The trail was rough but not terrible, just slower miles with lots of steep climbs. I could have stopped at a shelter around 5:30 but the weather was perfect. Unfortunately, there aren’t many places to put a tent down in Maine (rough terrain and dense understory), so I new I’d have just enough daylight to get me to a camp spot next to the Carabassett River 6 miles ahead. I was glad I didn’t arrive any later as daylight was pretty much gone under the forest canopy by the time I rolled in.