Day 106: Stony Brook to Thistle Hill

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

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Monday, June 28, 2010

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 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. The sound was horrific, knowing what all that water was doing to the already muddy trails for the days walk.  The rain sort of calmed down around hiking time, but of course the trees keep it coming down. An hour or so into the hike it downpoured again, might as well have been swimming. At least when your hair is dripping from rain the water doesn't burn your eyes like sweat does. My hair is also just the right length now that it is constantly poking in my eyes. Very distracting, almost as much as the deer flies trying to nest in my hair and the biting gnats trying to fly into my eyes, nose, mouth, etc.

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.
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Sharon Moser on

Oh, Robert! You are one tough guy. It sounds so hard that most mortals would have quit long ago. You are developing skills that will last a lifetime, are so mentally tough, nothing can throw you. We're all proud of you, and keep it going. It's so crazy now, all you can probably do is laugh, but 1700 miles is almost incomprehensible. You hang in there. We are all living vicariously through you. Rock on, brother.

Aunt Connie on

Wow Rob! You are almost there!! These last miles must seem like forever to you. And all this rain--this must be a most unusual spring and early summer! I know we have had record rainfall for the month of June in Michigan. I can't imagine what it must be like to literally have to live in it for so long. Hope you get your shower (not rain LOL) and some clean sheets soon.
Hang in there--we are soooo proud of you! Love, Aunt Connie

barb on

I cannot even begin to imagine this....although I am sure when you are home, and dry, and clean, you will tell me all of the benefits and wonders of your challenging experience. the closest i want to get to camping is the nearest hilton....way too much of a wus and I don't have any of the industry for life you have. I do admit I am very impressed with your desire to KNOW nature and our world. Most of us can talk a good game, but You LIVE it! Very admirable, Rob. This can only have enhanced your growth as a person...let's talk about it in person when you have had a long BATH!! Kuddos, Rob. 3 weeks to go...we are all rooting for you at the kalie camp! (with bathrooms and sheets)
by the way, you are ALWAYS welcome,. and I will promise a bed with clean sheets (even though by now you would be happy to sleep in the backyard!)

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