Day 93: Stuart Hollows Brook to Limestone

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

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Hey hey hey!

Coming to you live from the mountains of the east here's donner!! (ok  actually no cell signal so this will be on "tape delay" hopefully signal tomorrow!)

Perfect weather to hike today. Just around 80, slight breeze, very low  humidity, and sunshine! What a refresher after such a long period of walking in the clouds. Of course my dry shoes still only lasted until I had to field walk just a couple miles in. It would probably be 
uncomfortable to hike in dry shoes... Who would want that!?

First few miles were along the Housatonic, nice level river trail. Then the next ten or so were up in the mountains going over who knows  how many stinking nasty hills. CT is not nearly what I was thinking, but the trail will always surprise you and you just have to keep walking!

In the afternoon walked through a section of BY FAR the worst noise pollution
yet on the trail: a race track! These cars were zooming around wasting so much fuel and really spoiling the tranquility of the entire ridge... I couldn't even hear the birds chirping. Apparently 
the race track is something special though and Paul Newman once raced there?

A long descent brings me down to river level again (it's somewhat frustrating to climb up these big mtns and them come right down to the same river. I'm sure every hiker ponders "couldn't we have just kept on a river walk?") there is a big orange sign at the bottom of the hill that says "Appalachian trail detour" followed by a bunch of directions due to bridge construction.

I elected to take the road less traveled and walk the true AT. This meant walking through overgrown and unmaintained trail (amazing the work that happens each year to keep the trail in good shape) and crossing a one lane bridge without getting hit by a car. Not a problem, and it saved me from about a 4 mi roadwalk (which was significantly longer than the trail.)

Near the town of Great Falls I get to stroll along on a wheelchair accessible trail section (which might be the only way I'll be able to do any hiking after this) although sadly a couple of blowdowns surely make it impossible to actually do in a wheelchair.

Huge set of waterfalls "great falls" right on the Housatonic was a real pleasure to see even if water levels are low due to the hydro plant. Couple of locals were out enjoying the nice weather, too bad I had many more miles to hike.

So as the sun dipped lower, I tackled a big 1000 footer and got to the shelter to find Specs, Redman, Slapshot, and Dan-de-lion (ridgerunner) already here. My dinner is a packet of ramen (my emergency meal) and some jolly ranchers... Prolly not nearly what I should be eating, but 
town tomorrow! I have enough food for breakfast and that is it!  Normally one might be worried being so low, I'm thrilled because it means a light foodbag.

Saw a porcupine up above the shelter so well take special care with 
our stuff. According to legend they love the salt accumulated on all 
the gear and will chew up shoes, packs, and trekking pole handles. I just want to keep my distance from those quills!

Man the bugs are finally going nuts! I had a cloud around me for most of the day. I think in the last couple days I've killed so many that the net population must have decreased in CT.  Interestingly all the AT  "experts" say that CT is when you want bugspray. Add that to the list for town!

Also got some special treatment from the woods today: as if I wasn't dirty enough a bird pooped in my hair. Kind of like hair gel? Anyways  I sweat so much that it basically dissolved.  Oh the joys of the trail.

The plan is to take most of tomorrow off. I am under 700 mi to go now, probably should celebrate or something :)

Until next installment...

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