Day 106: Stony Brook to Thistle Hill
Trip Start Mar 15, 2010
134Trip End Jul 23, 2010
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Greetings from the land of rain, mud, puds, ice cream, mountains, rivers, pies, and mud mud mud (extra emphasis on mud)
Last night woke up in the middle of the night to headlamps, it was the two sectioners I was with and their side of the shelter was leaking...their bags were wet etc. Tough luck, especially considering my bag was already wet from sweat and I can hardly care at this point. In fact comfort has new meanings now. Any enclosed building is the Ritz, and sheets are so comfortable it's almost fascinating...to the point I've lost sleep contemplating their soft texture and ability to both warm and cool. Not hard to believe when you know I'm sleeping In a damp bag every night.
It rained all night, and I mean RAINED...probably the most I've experienced in a long time
Morning hike wasn't so bad, no hills to write home about. However as I was descending down to a road and lunch, going over a stile (used to cross fences) my hiking poles dropped down on the fence and I got zapped!! The fence was electrified and I wasn't even thinking...I'll make sure not to do that again. It really gave me a pretty good jolt. Not the kind of thing that you consider when you are planning your days hike.
As expected the rain made the trail ridiculous. Most places the trail was like a small stream at best and a big pond at worst. I was also the first out on the trail so I got to figure out by experience which flat looking dirt spot was nearly dry and solid, and which was going to take my shoe down into six inches of watery mud. The streams were also very high to the point that the only way to cross was to get wet. Luckily my shoes and socks were already so soaked that it didn't even matter.
Lunch was at the "on the edge" restaurant 0.2 down VT12. I bought a whole homemade blueberry and tart cherry pie and ate the whole thing, and then got an ice cream cone. The next few hills had me sweating out cream and butter. Mmmm
Forgot to mention yesterday that I hit mile 1700. The next hundred should be slower as I get into bigger mtns again. How's everyone doing? Are you worried about mice eating your food and crawling into your bed tonight? Must be a strange existance!
Take care and eat well.