Mile 1565.9 – Mile 1747.7
This morning I walked 2.5 to the town of Dalton, MA. I headed straight for the coffee shop for a breakfast sandwich, muffin, and a coffee.
While I was sitting there, publishing a new blog post, I ran into a couple friends I hadn’t seen in a bit. We ended up going down the street to a tavern for lunch.
Since I stayed in town longer than I planned for, I didn’t get as far as I wanted to today. Honestly though, spending time with hiker buds is part of what this trail and experience is all about.
Man, I really loved today.
I climbed Mount Greylock this morning. It was a beautiful 5 miles to the summit. There was moss and pine trees and rushing streams for miles. It was really beautiful.
I also made it to Vermont! State 12. I’m currently camped a mile north of the state line. I’m super happy to be in this state.
My first full day in Vermont didn’t disappoint.
Today it rained. Not the kind of rain that comes and goes. The kind of rain that is constant, not stopping, and pounding through the tree canopy. It’s been a while since I’ve had that kind of rain and man, it really slows you down. The trail becomes a river and in Vermont it also becomes a huge wide mud pit. The banks of the trail are are also slippery and steep from so many people trying to avoid the mud. So, I eventually gave up and just walked right through it. Sometimes it’s surprising how deep you sink into the mud and how hard it is to get out. It sucked off my shoe once!
Tomorrow I’m hoping to get an early start. To make up the miles I missed today and also get to Manchester Center by early evening. Here’s to hoping!
I made it to Manchester Center around 4pm, got a ride from a really kind lady who also gave me a jar of peanut butter, met up with Whitters, and ate a huge burrito. I’m staying at Green Mountain Hiker Hostel. It’s really clean and relaxing.
I hiked on and off with Whitters all day. She flip flopped up to Manchester Center and will finish the parts she missed after she summits Katahdin. It’s nice to have a familiar face around and also nice to cook dinner together.
The views from Bromley Mountain and Baker Peak were beautiful today. The weather couldn’t have been any better. It was cool and sunny, no humidity.
I didn’t see an eclipse or sign of an eclipse at all today. I did however take a mini bath and relax for an hour or so in the river. That was nice and refreshing.
Today was pretty cool. I passed the “500 miles to Katahdin” sign, summited Killington Mountain, almost stepped on a porcupine, and am now at Yellow Deli hostel for the night.
Seeing that 500 miles to Katahdin sign gave me chills for about 5 minutes. I also shed a few tears. I know there’s still a lot ahead of me but this 500 miles is going to go quick. I thought a lot about my trip so far and how many different exhausting emotions and feelings I’ve gone through. I wanted to share the adjectives I came up with –
Wonderful, exhausting, wet, vibrant, lonely, smelly, strange, fun, surprising, itchy, invigorating, refreshing, green, gross, bizarre, comforting, breath taking, goofy, and amazing.
This morning I went to the grocery store, did my laundry, and had breakfast provided by Yellow Deli Hostel and caught the bus around 9:15.
I didn’t sleep super great last night so most of the day I felt really sluggish. There wasn’t just one large climb today. It was several steep climbs, quick descents, and ridge walking.
I made it to The Lookout. It’s an privately owned abandoned cabin that they’ve opened up to hikers to use as a shelter. I’m tented outside. There’s a deck on top of the cabin that gives a 360 degree view of the surrounding mountains. It’s beautiful.
I stopped a farm today and ate some fresh vegetables, hummus, and tortilla chips. I also had two root beers.
The weather has been cooling down quite a bit in the past few days. The nights are in the mid 40s. It’s great hiking weather during the day.
I made it to New Hampshire this afternoon. It was a pretty easy 14 miles into Hanover and had 3 instances of trail magic on my way. I can’t believe I’m in New Hampshire. I mean I can but I really can’t.
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