LONG TRAIL – Week 2: 22 – 29 Aug 2015
Aug 24, 13.7 miles: It was a cooler day but there was some tougher hiking up and down slabs and around a lot of roots. I stayed at the Sunrise shelter with a retired Air Force dentist and a former city planner from the Scottsdale, AZ area. I was absolutely soaked again as I had been since I started on the 15th. My gear was still wet in the pack and I was concerned what would happen when the temperatures dropped and I was not able to dry stuff out each night. We performed an experiment that night and hung up my water bladder. In the morning, it was down a liter as there was a very small leak. What I thought was just sweat from hiking and the bladder sweating naturally from the hot and humid weather was not the case.
Aug 28, 10.5 miles: I hiked to the Appalachian Gap and went into the town of Waitsfield, VT to resupply and hopefully do some laundry. I saw some kids at the parking lot and asked which way to the town and they offered to take me down there since they were going there anyway. I resupplied for a couple days of hiking since I had sent myself 7 days of food to Jonesville, VT which I would pick up in a couple days. I stayed at a B&B and the owner was nice enough to do a load of laundry for me! I walked down to a farm that had organic flatbread pizza which was excellent. They did not have small pizzas on the menu but she said they would make me one. Then she called me over and said they messed up another order for the same pizza and instead of throwing it away, they gave me a large for no extra cost! I did not realize it but Solman, his girlfriend Lark and his buddy Moose were there. I had not seen them in a couple days and did not even realize they were in town.
Trail pictures…lots of green.
This is the Starks Nest at the top of the Mad River Glenn ski area. They had a rain bucket for hikers to get water from. This was very nice as the further north we went, the less water was on the trail. In a lot of cases, the only water was at the shelters and some of that was pretty poor.