This post is a bit delayed as I've been taking off time and have been procrastinating doing anything mildly productive.
After 94 days on (and off) the trail, I hiked up to the summit of Mount Katahdin, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail! I had been hiking with a few trail friends and we did the final day together. Although the weather was extremely windy and a bit cold, the views going up the mountain were spectacular and the emotional energy was overwhelming. The 1100+ miles leading up to this final northern section definitely did a good job preparing me for the hike up Mount Katahdin. There was some boulder scrambling and more technical work, but after the other technical sections so far it wasn't too challenging. I could see it being a difficult way to start the AT hike, which many SOBO (southbound from Maine to Georgia) hikers do.
Leading up to the final mountain we went through the 100-mile wilderness, a stretch with very limited road access (mostly logging roads). For many people, carrying enough food for 100 miles (anywhere from 4 to 10 days, depending on your speed), is overwhelming and more than they normally carry. As someone who often carried that much food, the distance and remoteness seemed far from intimidating or challenging. Plus the terrain in this section was quite flat and easy going. The bugs and heat made it a bit uncomfortable, but it felt good to be putting in more miles again. There were some great swimming spots and I finally saw some moose!