Hurries On, also known as Phyllis Freeman, came into the Magic City Morning Star & Hard Drive Cafe on August 25, 2004. Here is her profile.
While she completed the Appalachian Trail in 2001, it was important for her to hike Mount Katahdin this year because she is 67 years old and there are 67 4,000-footers: 14 in Maine, 5 in Vermont, and 48 in New Hampshire. She has hiked them all.
After completing the Appalachian Trail in 2001, she hiked 21 4,000-footers in 2002, 17 in 2003, and 4 in 2004, the last being Hamlin Peak and Baxter, the major peaks on Mount Katahdin.
Phyllis says that this was her second attempt. She failed the first time, but went up a different trail this time. She drove 500 miles back because it was important to her to do it this year, while she was 67.
Phyllis is from West Simsbury, Connecticut.
She says that she loves Baxter State Park, but thinks that more could be done to promote business in Millinocket from park visitors and Appalachian Trail hikers.
Most specifically, she said the problems posed by limited parking in Baxter State Park could be partly alleviated if there were a parking area outside of the park itself, with perhaps a shuttle bus running between the park and the town of Millinocket. This would bring people from the park into the town of Millinocket, promoting tourism and tourist-related shopping.