Meeting this ladder at the end of a long day really appeared to be more of a challenge than it was. It is funny how when we are weary just about anything in our path seems like a challenge!
Today I will hike to Story Brook SH. I decided that I will stay there if there are people and if no one comes in while I am there I will move on and stealth camp. I left at 8:40 feeling sort of weary from the night. I hiked ten miles and got into the shelter by 5:30.
It was a long day with some concern as I walked through the woods because it was bear hunting season. I got into a bright colored shirt out and draped it over my pack because I was wearing a black shirt. I also took off my pack cover which also is black. The morning was very nice and I constantly clapped my poles together to alert any people that I wasn’t a bear. I hummed and sang more than usual to make my presence known.
I met two woman that were slack packing today. They walked with me for a bit and we shared some of our life. When they got to their ride out of the woods their peeps offered me some trail magic! I got a Gatorade. It tasted fabulous as the day had gotten warm.
Legs are feeling really good. I feel my right knee is a little sore from the long day down Killington but overall I feel strong. When I am challenged on a constant up hill climb I can still keep moving and often recover sooner as the days move on. I met a lot of nice people at the shelter. I met Seeka and Donna. Later on my sister and I meet up with them at the road where we parked and the shelter we stayed overnight. There was also Bagel and his other SOBO friends. Bagel was a Maine boy and seemed to like being on the trail and setting up for a fire each night. Other than the heat today I think it went well considering the mileage.