Day 13: (June 28) Greenwall Shelter

Cold with high winds. A tree fell just as I was walking by. Yes, when a tree falls in the woods, it makes a noise. Scared the daylights out of me. Since there was only one other hiker, “Quaker” in the shelter, we set the tent up in it to stay warm and, hopefully, dry…

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Day 12: (June 27) Big Branch Shelter

It was very cold last night and I was glad we used the tent instead of the shelter. The tent adds about ten degrees; it was 57º F inside it this morning. Even Dennis was cold last night! We are slowing down at bit—not because of my ankle, but because the Post Office in Wallingford,…

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Day 11: (June 26) Peru Peak Shelter

We sat at Ms. Murphy’s eating an egg sandwich and listening to the locals chatter. Two old codgers kept everyone entertained. After breakfast we hitched a ride to the trail head with Miles, a painter and building restorer. My new shoes are comfortable. I appreciated all the time Vincent at EMS in Manchester Center, VT…

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Day 10: (25 June) Sutton’s Place

Jeff from Green Mountain House dropped us off at the post office where we forwarded a couple of packaged to upcoming towns. From there, we stopped at EMS to see if the driver had returned our poles. No luck. As we were leaving, Dennis started talking with “Proud Foot,” who was thrilled to meet the…

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Day 8 and 9: (23 – 24 June) Green Mountain House

One of the advantages to sleeping in a shelter is a quick morning start. No need to take down and stow the tent. We were on the trail by 7:20 AM. We had about 11 miles to the intersection of the LT and  Vermont 11, which would take us into Manchester Center where we had…

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Day 7: (22 June) Stratton Pond Shelter

This morning Stratton Mountain loomed 3,940′ (1,201 m), the tallest peak so far. The air was cool but the steady uphill climb soon had is sweating.  Dennis and I long for indicators on the trail telling our location. Though the map indicates a stream or pond, there are enough of them to cause uncertainty. I no longer believe…

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Day 6: (21 June) Story Spring Shelter

Today’s elevation profile looks like a bleeps on a cardiac monitor with many ups and downs. I feared that last night’s heavy rains would leave the trails gushing with water, but they were just normally muddy. When Dennis came through here in 2008, the mud was knee-deep. At one point, the mud sucked off his boot and he had…

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Day 5: (20 June) Goddard Shelter

I’m still hacking away. Perhaps I should have chosen “Hacker” as my trail name instead of “K-Fun.” We are getting a little stronger each day and improving our time. Instead of a mile per hour, we are doing it in about 50 minutes. With thunderstorms threatening, we decided to stay in the shelter. Since our…

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Day 4: (19 June) Melville Nauheim Shelter

We left Bennington, VT around noon. It only took us a few minutes of hitchhiking before Steve, a salesman paying a cold-call at the hospital, stopped to give us the 7-mile ride to the trailhead. I enjoyed the walk, the sun peeking through the canopy, the sense of accomplishment after plodding uphill. I sound like…

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Why are we hiking the LT?

You may wonder why Dennis and I are attempting to hike the Long Trail, the oldest trail in the US. Dennis, a seasoned hiker (having completed the Appalachian Trail), is doing it for the challenge, the pleasure of being in the woods, the camaraderie among hikers, and getting back to appreciating the luxuries of modern-day…

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