Day 105: Governor Clement to Stony Brook
Trip Start Mar 15, 2010
134Trip End Jul 23, 2010
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So I feel like my entries have been a bit too positive lately. Therefore I'm going to try to bring this trail report back towards the reality of hard work on the AT.
So woke up to my alarm this morning and just didn't want to move so I slept in an extra hour. It's often harder to get going when there's noone else around to "peer pressure" you into moving. The retired guys that hit the trail at 6 are especially motivating.
The first task of the day is the 2000 ft climb up Killington Mtn. I had considered it to be a daunting task especially in the wet slippery weather and muddy conditions. It turned out to just be a grind, but when you are fresh in the morning it's ok. Since it was in a cloud I didn't bother with the sidetrail to the summit view
Ate lunch on the way down the mtn a little short of halfway for the day because I was worried about finding a dry spot later to relax. Boots off for lunch is especially critical when your feet are squishing through mud all day. Passed a bunch of nice people that wanted to chat but no food out of the deal. Lame. (can't you see that I'm starving to death here?) Lots of moose droppings but still no sightings, maybe I'll just have to wait for Maine.
After lunch and a short but steep climb up to Willard Gap, the Long Trail and AT part ways. This is somewhat interesting because both trails are blazed white and some thruhikers have been joking about accidentally hiking to Canada. In reality the junction is very clear and I take a picture with the LT sign, Canada is about 150 miles. On the AT sign Katahdin is 470.
Once back on the AT the trail has a welcome back party, passing through a state park campground and then a beautiful pond and waterfall. Then the trail climbs 1300 ft in about a mile. This climb totally does me in. Usually climbs are more mental than anything, but this one was truly physically challenging. When I finally reached the top I was drenched head to toe in sweat and could barely stand up. My legs were having trouble holding up my body so with the aid of my poles I made it to a rock and took a breather.
I think I might also now smell like rotting flesh since the flies have been very interested lately
The trail in VT so far has been just absolutely miserable... The mud is very frustrating and downright dangerous sometimes (I've fallen quite a few times trying to tiptoe around the pig styes) I'm almost starting to miss the rocks of PA...Wishing I wasn't going to be crawling into my sleeping bag still drenched in sweat but oh well. I need to do laundry soon and take a
shower. I absolutely reek, and climbing up that last mtn brought out
the best. A passing guy today said: "you must be a thruhiker, I can smell you from here."yikes.
Well hoping to get some good recovery sleep...I'm totally hitting the wall, and only 3 days after Manchester Center... Not a good sign. Hope everyone is doing well and that you walked less than 20 miles today. Sometimes I think I should just slow down and do 10 per day. But then I'd get to camp at noon and be bored. What a life.