Mile 1446.6 – Mile 1565.8
Kirsten and I started hiking around noon today. We had a few errands in the morning to take care of and it was nice to have a little extra time with my Mom.
We passed the darling little Appalachian Trail train stop for Metro North. It really is cute!
That’s my pal Grade School in the photo above. She was waiting an hour or so for the next train. It takes you right into Grand Central Station.
Shortly after we passed the Connecticut state line!
We are camped at a campsite right by the river. The rushing water is kind of one of my favorite sounds.
I realized last night that my portable charger did not charge in the hotel room two nights ago. Kirsten and I made plans to go into Kent in hopes to charge it a bit.
We got to the road crossing around 2 and then it was a mile into the downtown area. We stopped at a pizza shop and a coffee shop. Both delicious and relaxing. I was able to get my charger charged about halfway. I hope that will be enough to get me to Saturday morning. Eek.
We descended straight down the mountain tonight almost in the dark. It was all huge jagged boulders and many times you had to slide on your butt. It was a little nerve wrecking. We then had to find a campsite in the dark. It ended up working out just fine I’m glad Kirsten was patient and had a good attitude about it.
The terrain has been more consistent up and downs. I suppose it’s somewhat of a preparation for what’s ahead.
I saw two huge bucks today. One was in the middle of the trail and the other just in the woods. When they finally noticed me coming, they dashed and when they ran through the woods it was almost as if the ground shook.
There were so many rushing creeks and viewpoints today. That made the climbs and descents more worth it.
Kirsten and I had a slower morning. I think it’s because we knew we were getting breakfast in a mile. We walked .2 off trail to a cute little cafe and had breakfast and coffee. It was super delicious.
We also walked into Salisbury to grab some groceries. I made spaghetti with tomato sauce with a breaded chicken cutlet for dinner.
I passed 1500 miles which means less than 700 to Katahdin. The end seems so much closer.
The climbs today were seriously tough but also invigorating. We climbed the tallest peak in Connecticut in addition to three other mountains and we also crossed into Massachusetts. It was a pretty challenging day. It also doesn’t help that the mosquitoes and gnats are insane.
The views were beautiful though. Seriously, beautiful.
The best part about today was going for a swim. It was super relieving and felt amazing (especially after not showering for 5 days).
Today was Kirsten’s last full day with me. We will hike 8 miles tomorrow and meet our other sister Erika at a road crossing. It’ll be the first time we’ll all be together since last December.
Today was so nice. Kirsten and I had an easy hike to the road, we met Erika, went to Target, got Mexican food, and watched a Sharknado marathon. It seriously was the best.
I made it to Upper Goose Pond Cabin – a must stop on the AT. Its on a half mile side trail. It’s a cabin that is now owned by the park service and is maintained by a volunteer caretaker every week. Every morning the caretaker makes pancakes and coffee for the hikers, for free. There are also two canoes you can take out and row around the pond.
Today I woke up in the cabin and had pancakes and coffee. It was nice to sit around the table and chat with familiar faces and chat with some I had just met the night before.
The trail is definitely getting more rugged. There’s a lot of more mud, roots, rocks, and quick ups and immediate downs.
I stopped by the cookie lady’s home. Her house is right of the trail and she gives out free cookies to hikers. She also has a blueberry farm in her front yard. The blueberries are huge and absolutely delicious.
I’m only 30 miles from Vermont now. Time is flying by. I realized in the last couple days how comfortable I am with this routine now and am feeling generally pretty great. Just a little over 600 miles to go.
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