Day 92: Wiley to Stuart Hollows Brook

Trip Start Mar 15, 2010
Trip End Jul 23, 2010

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Before I blab on about today, I forgot to mention something about yesterday! So while passing by nuclear lake (it was once a nuclear storage facility, but since given clean bill of health) I hear someone yell, "hey are you a thru-hiker?" when I said yes, they asked if I wanted fresh fruit! I of course couldn't resist and ran over. They had fresh cherries... Delicious!!! As I was eating they had many questions. Really nice family of about 6 people and after I kept talking to them they offered more food! I kept talking and then a third time was offered more food! Gotta love the day hikers (and the weekends that bring them out) when you are in need of some extra nibbles.

Not to downplay the global food crisis, but what I'm doing is somewhat like starvation. In that daily I do not take in enough calories to make up for what I burn. Perhaps that helps describe the attitude we have about food.

On to today! So more rain last night meaning wet plants and wet shoes again today. I can't remember the last time I had dry shoes the whole day! It's amazing my feet aren't just one big blister.

First thing was after about a mile I crossed into Connecticut!! That's state number 10, only 4 more to go... Connecticut is also in New England, meaning I'm in my last region. I guess it's a rush but when you are soggy and knees hurt from the downhills, you don't feel much like celebrating at the moment.

I do celebrate a few miles later though. Just after getting to the mighty Housatonic River, I walk in to Bulls Bridge, CT to visit a little grocery. Along the way you cross a covered bridge. (Bulls
Bridge!) which was built early 1800s. However the crossing pt is so old that George Washington and his army used it several times. Very cool and it really feels like New England when you see covered bridges!

I eat a breakfast sandwich, a bag of chex mix and a Ginger ale. Kind of an odd second breakfast, but don't judge!  Then I'm back up to the hills, and amazingly the trail here crosses
briefly into an Indian reservation for the only time. (course I wouldn't have known without my guidebook) according to this same source, the Indians transmitted messages along the ridges during the revolutionary war. 100 mi in 2 hrs!

Also, today we passed another milestone! We are now 2/3 done with the trail! I remember 1/3 day and that was a long time ago!!  New England so far has also been really pretty tough. The slippery rocks never help, but for instance this afternoon had the steepest descent thus far. It was really very dangerous, somewhat like walking down a ladder the wrong way. For 500 ft down.

Couple nice vistas looking down on the river valley and Kent, CT. I didn't go to town because it was way too expensive. This may be a problem up north in general.

Well it was goin to be just me at the shelter but just now three
thruhikers rolled in! Slapshot, Redman, and Specs! Great to have some
company.  Well that's about it for now. Hopefully some dry weather soon, or I
might as well just swim down the river!
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Ahhh Rob, your trip continues to be so interesting! Glad you had the company of thru-hikers last night. I recognize Slapshot's name as one we've read on and off through your travels. I've been highlighting the trail on regular state maps. Question: according to my map, today you will have a choice to make--an east swing or a west swing on the trail. What is the differnce determining which way you choose? This is so great--two thirds down and over 1400 miles! I'm sure you will be glad when your accomplishment is finished, but we will miss the interesting reports. Take care.

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