Thursday, November 26, 2015

When will the fun stop?!?!?

Tuesday 24 November:
And our prize for completing the AT is Mom's car needs rear brake rotors and pads immediately before it can be driven any further and front ones as soon as possible. $340 for the rear brake job we do not have laying around. And so we sit in VIP Automotive in Bath, ME while they fix the rear brakes. So goes, we seem to make it through/by somehow.

Wednesday 25 November:
And the fun just keeps coming our way. Tuesday 24 Nov, we had to have new rear brake rotors and pads put on our car at VIP Tires & Service, Bath, Maine. We spent the night last night at my CVMA sister, Coach's house near Lee, NH. This morning we are headed on south on Hwy 125, when loud crunching and grinding noises began emanating from the rear wheels. We were able to pull over and I jacked up the rear passenger tire and I could see that the lug nuts did not look like they were all seated properly. I was able to remove 4 of the lug nuts, but the fifth one seems to be cross threaded and the lug post is spinning.

Here is Hendo putting to use her tire changing mechanical prowness....mechanic/plumber buttcrack and all.

We have called AAA to come and assist us, as well as the VIP shop in Bath, ME, they say to get it to the VIP in Stratton and they will fix it. Just another exciting day "on the AT"

We made it to VIP Stratham, NH. Rear passenger tire was not properly reinstalled yesterday at VIP Bath, ME. Also, it seems the rear passenger parking brake was jostled/bumped/knocked ajar during the rotor replacement yesterday, came loose and was the crunching/grinding noise we were hearing. VIP Stratham replaced and repaired all damage except for the parking brake, the parts are not in stock and would take 4-5 days to get here. We will have to get the rear parking brake repaired when we get home. VIP is refunding us for yesterday's repairs and fixed everything else for no charge. My remaining issue is that if VIP had the parking brake parts in stock they would likely make the parking brake repair and not charge us as well, but since they do not, as it stands now we will have to pay for the parking brake repair ourselves when we get home. I have issue with this and will pursue it, because I feel VIP is responsible for the parking brake damage.
Yesterday when the Bath, ME mechanic began the repairs at 1500 hrs/3pm, I stated I was not in a rush or hurry, but just wondered how long he expected the repairs to take as we were supposed to meet some friends for dinner later. The mechanic replied that he was getting of work at 1600 hrs so he would have it done before then. To me it was obvious he was in a hurry to get the repair completed because he was leaving at 1600 hrs. He came back out at 1545 hrs and stated everything was complete. In 45 minutes he had supposedly properly replaced the rear rotors and pads, cleaned the front brake calipers and put back on all 4 tires. I feel this attitude to hurry up and get it done resulted in the parking brake and tire stud damages and VIP should pay for all of it. And obviously the repairs we not done correctly as we are in the situation we are today. Anyway, I have an estimate for the parking brake repair and will pursue VIP for payment of these repairs.
Happy Trails
Hendo & Hendo's Mom

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Today there are 2 new AT thru-hikers in the world!!!

Yep, today Mom and I completed our thru-hike of the AT yesterday, Monday 23 November, at 1630 hrs...more pics and stories to come in the next few days.

Our trail sister, Seeks Chayah drove 4 hours Sunday night to hike our last portion with us Monday. We were so honored to have her share such an amazing day with us!!

Happy Trails,
Hendo & Hendo's Mom
"True to the Thru" ~Lint

Friday, November 20, 2015

We swear...the end is near!!!!

We swear, the end is near!!!!
We had to push it back a week do to other commitments and bad weather, but after 20 months we should finish our thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail on Monday 23 November 2015. Due to a break in the weather on Saturday, we are going to hike Avery tomorrow, Saturday 21 November and the Saddleback/Sugarloaf section on Sunday & Monday, so we should not finish on Monday 23 November. In the end it is all up the the trail, we are at it and Mother Nature's mercy. See you all soon!!
Hendo & Hendo's Mom
"True to the Thru"~Lint

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Maine...ain't nothing but a thing, but what a thing it is!!

In Maine we had to finish the trail from Mahoosuc Notch to Mt. Avery.  We got on trail at Mahoosuc Notch and have been working our way north.  After making it to Grafton Notch, Mom was pretty beat up, so we decided to get Mom's car from the Notch Trailhead, rent a rental car and slack-pack from car to car.  While slack-packing we hiked some portions of the trail out of order to due weather, length of the section and difficulty of the sections, but we have hiked them all.  I have decided to post the pictures in geographical order, ie. the order in which you would hike the sections if you were to hike them NOBO from south to north straight through.

We made it up to ME 4 and completed the Crockers before having to get off trail to give my presentations at James Madison University.  We are travelling back up to Maine tomorrow, Wednesday 18 November 2015, to finish the remaining 33.4 miles we have left, which is a section from ME 4 to Caribou Valley Rd (includes Saddleback and Sugarloaf) and lastly Mt. Avery.

I have been busy preparing for the two class presentations I had at James Madison University, so I have not had the time to add commentary to the below pictures, but we wanted to get them up so you can at least enjoy the pics of our trudge.  

And here is a cute video of two moose we encountered on the road one evening driving from one road crossing to the next   Moose on the Road

Mahoosuc Notch

This is the hole in Mahoosuc Notch which swallowed my flask of Jack Daniels.  

Mahoosuc Arm

Here is a video of us at the top of the Mahoosuc Arm  
Top of the Mahoosuc Arm Video

Speck Pond

Old Speck

Grafton Notch

Clounds engulfing Old Speck at Sunset, looks like the mountain is on fire.

Baldpate Mountain

Video from on top of Baldpate  Baldpate Video

Wyman Mountain, Sawyer Notch, Moody Mountain

Old Blue Mountain and Bemis Mountain

Height of Lands, Mooselookmeguntic Lake

Crocker Mountains