The Long Trail Day 19by cyberhiker01 on 06/24/14
(Please accept apologies from my Webmaster-- she didn't know the blogs weren't going through. I'll start with Day 19 and try to backtrack as I am able.)
Day 19: woke up to one of the best campsites we have had thus far. I had coffee in a rock chair made by a trail maintainer. It was wonderful! Packed up and left the shelter, went 25 years, and ran into more ladders. That set the tone for the day. The steep descent was slow & methodical, but both Tennille and I made it to the Appalachian Gap unscathed. We met Kathryn, who took us into town for resupply. We had lunch in a movie theater (popular in VT) and got fueled up and headed back to the trail. Thanks again, Kathryn. The second half of the day started with a slight climb to Molly's Ridge and a very strenuous descent, which to a blind person and a Guide dog, was much like the descent into Hell in Dante's Inferno. When we finally reached the bottom, we were very thankful. Following that, the trail was quite mucky all the way to our campsite. After tomorrow, we will have less than 100 mile to go. Special thanks to the gang at Katadyn Water Filters and Purifiers. Thus far, I couldn't be happier with my Hiker Pro. My TiLite stove is working great. A big thank you to George and the folks at Cliff. The Builder Bars, Mojo Bars, and Shots are keeping me going throughout the day. We heard the weather report-- they are actually expecting what VT calls "sunny" days through Monday-- we couldn't be happier.