Stony Brook Shelter [mile 1496.7; SOBO 478.3]
Wow. Tomorrow’s 1500 miles! That’s a huge milestone!
Does it feel like 1500 came pretty fast after 1400? The hike is speeding up; getting down to the long grinding finish.
This air mattress has GOT to go. It pitches me off. I can’t take it! But I’m thinking Bennington for shoes, and I can’t wait that long for a new bed. It’s a dilemma. I’ll check the outfitter in Rutland. If they have an Xtherm, then problem solved. I’m thinking they won’t, though; nobody else has, including REI.
The tent zipper is still acting very temperamental. Most times, it won’t open. Sometimes it opens like a charm. I don’t want to buy a new tent or fly with only 60 days left. I hope I can baby it along, and if I can’t, well… I’ll figure something out. Still adapting, eh? 🙂
So. The day! I put that stuff up there because the day was boring and I had nothing to say. That doesn’t usually stop me, though, right?
It rained last night! What a surprise! I packed up wet and walked through the woods. Vermont continues to be up and down, but today had plenty of wide, flat trail, too. It was a miracle! In fact, the trail was so smooth that I finally put away the poles; they were slowing me down.
It was chilly today. Gray with occasional spots of blue, but no outright sun. I’m hoping it doesn’t rain tonight.
Also, another ridiculous picture of me on a bridge. Note the fabulous baggies on my feet. Hiker trash gaiters. That was my last pair of dry socks and my shoes are soaked. Soaked! I wanted to maintain the illusion of unwet. It kind of worked.
Tomorrow: Oh, who the hell knows. Walking, then a bus, then Rutland, I hope. And a new cube thingie for the phone.