Got up to a wet tent but we were dry. Walked into Salisbury and got food then ate ice cream and pushed the next miles pretty quick. Rested at a water source then got up the first (2000 ft in quite a while) up right as a storm was rolling in. Got off the ridge and ducked out under trees while it passed then pumped up the next up and over Mt. Everett. At the hemlock shelter and its pretty nice! Bamboo, magic hat, a sobo and a ridgerunner in for the night.
8/2/2014 8 Miles
Woke up and ate some breakfast then started hiking and killed 8 miles by noon. walked up the road to the Route 7 Grill. It was delicious but pricey and then while we were charging our electronics a family walked up and asked if we would like a place to stay and showers and laundry. We of course said yes! The family took us to their second home in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. They offered us anything to make us feel at home and we got showered and did laundry before heading to their close neighbors house for dinner. Jeffrey, a very talanted guy, cooked us up a delicious dinner it was definitely higher quality than anything I've eaten before! What followed was a fun night full of fine wine and flowing conversation. An amazing evening and turn of events. The good trail giveth!
8/3/2014 12.2 Miles
Woke up and went down for breakfast early and ate eggs, toast, and breakfast cake! Got a cup of coffee and got ready then went to the trail. When we got there my 3rd cousin and his wife picked us up and took us to the store then we went back and left our packs with them and then hiked an up with them before they returned to the van! Run on sentences to make a grammar teacher cringe. Then met back up with then 12 miles later and then hiked another mile or so back to the van they had parked ahead. Then we went on an adventure to find a Mexican place for dinner! Found a pretty good one different but good. After that we headed back to the trail and then we hiked back or south 1.6 to the Upper goose pond cabin with bunch of sodas. Coincidently we met up with Tomahawk, Dr, Eskimo, and Nobody as well as Ireland. The cabin had a nice pond and docks for swimming as well as canoes to use. We grabbed a elevated tent pad for the mansion tonight! Hopefully pancake breakfast!
8/4/2014 17.6 miles
Woke up and got some food bag weight down since we missed pancakes. Then we packed up and headed out doing the hardest up of the day first thing. Took lots of 30 min breaks and enjoyed the easier terrain even though it was rocky and muddy. Stopped short of Dalton since we have so much food and are at a shelter for the night.
8/5/2014 16.9 Miles
Woke up and got moving after a morning conversation. Walked into Dalton and got coffee and a bagel. Then walked out of town over some decent terrain then to Chershire for an afternoon linner. Walked up out of town and up a really good climb to the shelter.
8/6/2014 10.1 Miles
Woke up and got ready after the rain stopped luckily. Hiked up the rest of Mt. Greylock and got breakfast at the lodge then down a steep down to town for our Nero. Walked to the grocery store then to the hotel. Hanging at the hotel for the day resting.
8/7/2014 0 Miles
Taking a zero today to rest our bones and muscles.
8/8/2014 14 Miles
Got up late and then left the hotel to get some food and fuel. Then got back on trail around noon. Made our way back up to the ridges and past several decent views. Stopped at a shelter here with a bunch of Sobos its strange how many there are now. Shouldn't be a bad night a little chill will help us sleep.
8/9/2014 18.5 Miles
Woke up and went over and up a lot and stopped at a few places for snack breaks then made it to Goddard shelter bwefore going up the fire tower and thne on to Kid Gore shleter for the night which has a view.
8/10/2014 17 Miles
Woke up and was hiking by 9:45 made it down to the lowest point and breaked then up Stratton mtn which took a while then went up the fire tower and had an awesome view of what's to come. Made it down the mountain and past Stratton pond to a campsite by the river.
8/11/2014 10.7 Miles
Woke up and got packed up and hiking by 9:00. Did a good eight miles without many stops and made it to a road for Manchester Center, VT. Got a quick ride to town from a locral finishing a hike. Got dropped off at the laundrymat and did laundry then went attorney the Outfitters in town and got some new socks for Poho. Then got McDonald's and groceries. After that we got a ride back to the trail by another local and hiked up 2 miles to the next shelter. Lots of mice running around but no incidents.
8/112/2014 14.5 Miles
Woke up to a ridgerunners dog licking my face in the shelter. Got ready and hiked up a ski slope. Went over a few good peaks and outran the clouds. Got to a shelter which several other hikers we knew were also at for the night. started raining at around 9pm.
8/13/2014 8.1 Miles
Woke up to a rainstorm and got up slowly then packed up and hiked out. Got a few miles in then it started raining again and became pretty cold. So then we stopped at the next shelter and dryed out and warmed up with a bunch of fellow hikers. A good birtthday on the trail!
8/14/2014 7.8 Miles
Got up and hiked some miles out to a road where some section hikers had a car and met them there. Got a ride into town and dropped off at Walmart. Got groceries then walked to a motel. Relaxing and drying off now. Thanks for all the birthday wishes!