Got an early start today. Light seems to be adequate around 5:50 to start the day without a flashlight. Later than I would like, but fall is coming whether I am ready or not.
First night back out in the woods was good except for the train that went by in the middle of the night. I was camped close enough to read the writing in the engine car, even in a foggy state. Too close.
Walking in the morning was on quite easy terrain. Went through the edges of farm fields, which are particularly pretty in the early morning hours. Passed the Shay’s Rebellion monument early on as well.
Went by many groups of college age and younger kids today. Probably around 60+ kids. Here at the camp where I am writing from, there are 3 groups of 10 that are here on a 9 day backpacking trip for their freshman orientation into college. Interesting idea for orientation. I think there was an ice cream social and an afternoon walk around campus at mine. They are still making a lot of noise and it is 8:30 and dark….they haven’t been on the trail long enough to be sleepy by dark.
There are a couple northbounders here at the shelter tonight. Had a good time hanging out with them while we all cooked. Met several northbound thru-hikers, probably about 7 in all. This seems to be at the tail end of the season to meet folks heading north.
Walked over several mountain tops today…Bear Mountain, Race Mountain, and 2 or 3 others. Great views atop all of them.
Had plenty of time to do the mileage today so I sat and soaked my legs in a stream in the afternoon. That was pretty refreshing. I think I will make it a point to do the more often.
Pretty windy and chilly right now…could be a cool night.
Crossed the border into Connecticut….state number 5!
Daily Distance: 17.9
Trip Distance: 684.7
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