Date: 28 Jun 2017 1036PM
Location: Johnson, VT
Today's Miles: 8.2
Total Miles: 185.4
Woke up in the shelter to the pitter patter of rain so I took my time getting ready for the day. Talked with an older couple who spent the night with their little dog, the other couple who spent the night was gone well before I woke up.
Rain was pretty constant all morning, up and over Camel's Hump. As I was halfway down the other side the skies parted and the sun came out, but the top of the mountain was still socked in so I didn't feel too bad about missing the spectacular views.
Turned my phone on briefly on my way down the mountain (as you do when you're out in the woods for long periods of time, chance of reception is best up high) and saw a message from a fellow thru hiker I met last year on the AT. Her and her boyfriend (also a thru hiker) who live near the part of the trail I'm at offered to pick me up at the next road and put me up for the night. You had me at "pick you up" I told her!
Went into Burlington, VT for some sushi and ice cream, and looked around the local outfitter for a little while. Grabbed a few ciders on the way back to their place and sat on the porch watching the sun set, enjoying each other's company.
They've both offered to help me get back from the end of the trail when I'm finished, but they work so much that it's hard to fit that trip into their schedules. So instead of trying to figure out when they'll be off of work next week and match it up with my hiking pace, we're going to drive up to the northern terminus tomorrow, drop me off, and I'll hike south back to them. Since it's notoriously difficult to get back to civilization from the "Northeast Kingdom" of Vermont, this'll work out best for everyone as well.
I didn't intend on flip flopping the Long Trail, but I'm slowly learning to become a little less rigid in my life, and with my expectations.
Progress - the main reason I'm out here.
Looking forward to tackling the north end of trail with my newly founded trail legs.