Today was really exhausting. Only 5.3 miles on trail, but walked 4 miles on road into Great Barrington and about 2 back before getting a ride the remainder of the way. It was hot too, upper 80s. On the trail this morning, though before I got to the road, I crossed paths with this older couple for the 3rd time already! Mind you, I've only been hiking in one direction (which is great knowing that every step you take you don't have to re-take to come back to your car or whatever.) They have been doing day hikes going Southbound, but progressively get more northern each day. I saw them in CT and yesterday, and then again this morning, and I think they were the first ones on the trail I met whom I told about my project. They are so nice, they said they found my website last night and listened to my music in their tent. I asked if I'd see them on the trail tomorrow, and they said perhaps! Walking on the road is much worse than the forest. The path is smooth and east yo walk, but passing cars and less shade and car exhaust and hot asphalt are not fun. But I finally got to a library and computer and spent a few hours catching up on emails, submitting this application for a grant, and writing my first blog post from the trail. Then I ate a whole 14-inch vegan pizza for lunch and got groceries. I may have gotten a little too much, as my pack felt really heavy, but I do need to eat as many calories as I can. Maybe my better hiking was because of less food weighing down my bag. Anyways, I was about halfway back to the trail when a nice lady stopped by and asked if I needed a ride. Now, hitchhiking is not something I've wanted to try, as if you are holding your thumb out and someone stops, you basically have to go with them. I decided that I'd walk and if someone stops and offers me a ride, I can at least take a look and get a quick vibe from them and decide to accept it or not. Someone did ask me if I needed a ride while I was downtown and talking on the phone with my wife, but I didn't get a great vibe from them. But this time I was dying of exhaustion and heat and luckily it was a good experience and I was very grateful for the help. I originally planned to get to the Mt. Wilcox North Shelter, which is 1.8 miles beyond here, but I was too exhausted. Now it looks like I'll have to do 15 miles tomorrow, or just 6 miles as there is no place to camp in between.
Day 9 (6/19/16) - 15.8 miles (Mt. Wilcox South Shelter to Upper Goose Pond Cabin)
|Night on Upper Goose Pond|
Day 10 (6/20/16) - 8.8 miles (Upper Goose Pond Cabin to October Mountain Shelter)
Day 11 (6/21/16) - 8.8 miles (October Mountain Shelter to Kay Wood Shelter)
|First view of Mt. Greylock|
|Cat at the Cookie Lady's house|