Day 100: Harmon Hill to Story Spring

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

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Greetings from the Appalachian/ Long Trails!! Another nice day of hiking through southern Vermont. Amazing how time and miles are passing by. Soon I'll have to be worried about cherishing every moment, for now though I'm still pushing towards the goal! One hundred
days and counting.

Woke up and got out of camp before any of the high schoolers were probably even awake. They stayed up pretty late talking, but I still got my sleep.

Right away I pass another important milestone: 1600 miles done!! Each hundred mark is such a boost...more than just a big number! The energy was needed to get up the 2000 ft climb right away. I meet a guy at the shelter atop this hill, and it's like Georgia all over again. He's
planning to do the long trail (270 mi) and is pretty much very unprepared. I sound like a crochety old veteran now, perhaps because I am.

The rest of the morning I pass through more mud and calm old forests. Vermont is a very nice state...So far the terrain is good. A few big climbs each day followed by muddy but level cruising. I only did 20 today, no need to go too fast.

Lunch is at a shelter right before the biggest mtn of the day (3500 ft) the place is totally overrun with bugs of all types. To avoid the little biting flies I have on my rainjacket, socks, and even my hood is up. Otherwise the spot is lovely. Always too bad when a great view is spoiled.
So far the only anti-bug chemical I've used on this trip is the permetherin. (a good decision since Enoch has two bulls eye tick bites... The precursor to Lymes) No DEET or anything else besides rubbing sassafrass all over myself when I see it. I'd like to go the whole way like this, but I'm thinking I'll probably give in and buy a little bug spray in town. For my sanity.

After lunch I climbed up the firetower at the summit of Glastenbury Mtn and had some spectacular views of the green mountains. You can see where the trail has come from and where it is leading. Our big climb tomorrow: Stratton mtn, is supposedly where Benton MacKaye was inspired to come up with the idea for the AT ridgeline trail.

In the evening it begins to rain but nothing too serious, after all it is the GREEN Mtn National Forest. As a guy in Ireland once reminded us on a rainy day, "if you tourists want to see green, then you gotta expect rain too!"

Passed a lot of very fresh moose skat and tracks along the trail. I really hope I get a chance to see one of these magnficent creatures.  At the shelter I run into Bonny Boy! I had hiked with him a little bit down in TN and in fact hadn't seem him since! He had been a few days ahead in the shelter logs for so long I didn't think I'd ever catch him. Always fun to see people again!

Hope that everyone back home is catching all the World Cup action for me. Sadly I will be hiking in the wilderness during tomorrows games, I really hope the USA can find a way to advance! I'm very excited for Chile, who would have thought that of my 3 teams this year, USA
Germany and Chile that Chile would be the strongest.

Hoping to catch a game when I'm in town on Thurs, visiting Manchester Center. Hopefully that'll also be my chance to get all this blog stuff straightened out, or at least updated.
Goodnight from the woods.
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