Today, I hiked about 22 miles to West Hartford, VT. This morning I woke up tired and feeling like I did not have the energy or drive to hike today. However, I put my pack on and got going. After 5 hours of hiking, pushing myself to, I finally got into the grove. I need a rest day and will make one happen soon. The weather today was pretty nice. A tad warm in the afternoon for me. The trail was in pretty good shape. It was a day of what seemed to be constant ups and downs. The last 10 miles of the trail there was not much water at all. Have some hydrating to do.
This morning I was walking over a small boardwalk over a swampy area. A bee decided to sting me on the side of the knee. It has been a while since I had been stung, first bee sting on the AT for me.
At lunch, I passed a road and there was a farm stand there. I had a burrito, a muffin, a soda and an ice cream.
Now add to the food, that I came across the biggest wild raspberry patch full of ripe fruit I have ever seen. It was indeed a good food day.
Hiked some more and came across some trail magic of cold sodas in the woods. Then just past that was a sign saying to go to the first house on the right…I did and had a homemade ice cream cookie.
Walking into town, there was a barn with the AT logo on it. A trail angels home. She let’s people camp out or stay in the barn for free. She also had free sodas, homemade cupcakes and other goodies. She even brought out hot sausages, onion and peppers to eat. She was so nice and all for free. I thanked her and gave her a few dollars. Another hiker flagged me down, had no plans to stay, but glad I did. I was spent today and the trail provided.