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  • Astro on the AT 2019

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    Quote from IMScotty: “Quote from Astro: “Reward this morning for knocking out the 17 miles yesterday. I love the Inn at Long Trail. ” What? Too early for beer? You'd better stay for dinner too. I believe they have Irish music on the weekends. BTW, 17 miles on the Long Trail is super impressive. Looks like you have worked out all your aches and pains. ” Daypack + "mostly" downhill + last day out = Opportunity. It was sorta like when AJ Hinch tells Verlander or Garrit Cole this is your last inning…

  • Astro on the AT 2019

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    Quote from jimmyjam: “Quote from Astro: “Reward this morning for knocking out the 17 miles yesterday. I love the Inn at Long Trail. ” Was the south side of Killington as rooty as I remember? ” Yes, I thought about your warnings as I slowly stumbled through them.

  • Astro on the AT 2019

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    Quote from CoachLou: “Quote from Astro: “Quote from CoachLou: “I need Gorham to Grafton!!! ” If you are willing to cut your speed in half, I would love to do it with you next July. ” Ha Ha Ha!!!!!! You must have me confused with that young retired NYC cop that runs up and down the Catskills and Adirondaks. ” Maybe, but I probably hike more like that former NYC cop who had a much better career singing (Eddie Money).

  • Astro on the AT 2019

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    Reward this morning for knocking out the 17 miles yesterday. I love the Inn at Long Trail.

  • Astro on the AT 2019

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    Well I have a big day tomorrow so I am going to bed. Will try to get some more reports up this weekend.

  • Astro on the AT 2019

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    And here is one of my tent on Moxie Bald Mountain the night before. You can see there were strong winds.

  • Astro on the AT 2019

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    Day 15 (cont.) Moxie Bald Mountain pictures in the morning.

  • Astro on the AT 2019

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    Day 15 Pleasant Pond Mountain to Moxie Bald Mountain 10.5 miles Big excitement this morning was getting two meet LIHikers (Paul and Kathy). Had very enjoyable conversation and took pictures. Really great people! Ate supper early again at the campsite near Bald Mountain Brook and then headed up to Moxie Bald Mountain. Set my tent up on the rock slab at the top. Decided not to use my footprint because with the strong winds I didn't want it flying away while I was setting up or taking down my tent.…

  • Astro on the AT 2019

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    Day 14 Caratunk House B&B to Pleasant Pond Mountain 8.3 miles Missed taking pictures on the two best things about Caratunk House B&B other than Paul (former thru hiker) who runs it, the milkshakes and breakfast. Best breakfast I have had in over 2000 miles on the AT. French Toast and the peppers (and onions?) In the potatoes are what puts it over the top. Did at least get a picture with Paul. Original plan was to spend night at Pleasant Pond Lean To, but do to how easy the trail was (at least fo…

  • Astro on the AT 2019

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    Quote from CoachLou: “I need Gorham to Grafton!!! ” If you are willing to cut your speed in half, I would love to do it with you next July.

  • Astro on the AT 2019

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    Going SoBo also probably gets toughest parts of trail out of the way in case I end up having to finish in the dark.

  • Astro on the AT 2019

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    Quote from jimmyjam: “The climb up Killington is a slow one because the trail is so worn that the roots are 2 to 3 feet above the floor of the trail. It's like trying to step over track hurtles. The .2 side trail to the peak is like the climb up South Kinsman, maybe even steeper, but great views. ” I am wondering if it might be better (faster) to go SoBo. Planning on skipping the side trail to the peak. I have seen plenty of views the past month in NH and ME.

  • Astro on the AT 2019

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    Quote from Astro: “Quote from IMScotty: “Quote from Astro: “Completed to Grafton Notch today. Caught a break since rain doesn't start again until tomorrow. Drive to VT in morning and try to knock out 7 miles in afternoon and pick up the other 10 Thursday. A great reason (excuse) to spend two nights at the Inn at LongTrail. ” What is your Vermont section Astro? ” VT 103 to US 4. Plan Snowden Peak to US 4 today, and VT 103 to Snderderowden Peak tomorrow. Assuming I can leave car around Ski Lodge. …

  • Astro on the AT 2019

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    Quote from IMScotty: “Quote from Astro: “Completed to Grafton Notch today. Caught a break since rain doesn't start again until tomorrow. Drive to VT in morning and try to knock out 7 miles in afternoon and pick up the other 10 Thursday. A great reason (excuse) to spend two nights at the Inn at LongTrail. ” What is your Vermont section Astro? ” VT 103 to US 4. Plan Snowden Peak to US 4 today, and VT 103 to Snowden Peak tomorrow. Assuming I can leave car around Ski Lodge.

  • Astro on the AT 2019

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    Quote from CoachLou: “Where will you be Sat/Sun? ” No, wife's family reunion in Ohio. But that will keep me in good standing so I can come back next July to knock out Pinkham Notch to Grafton Notch and Monson to Mt Katahdin.

  • Grayson Highlands Info

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    Quote from max.patch: “Quote from Astro: “Quote from Traffic Jam: “Excellent suggestions, y’all. I’ve been wanting to try a truck stop shower. Seriously, it’s sort of a bucket list item...life experience! ” is spending a night at the Doyle on *that list? ” lol, i guarantee that the truck stop shower is cleaner than the doyle bathtub!!! ” When I looked at the sheets on my bed I didn't know if I should sleep in my hiking clothes and shower in the morning, or shower and change into my night clothes…

  • Astro on the AT 2019

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    Completed to Grafton Notch today. Caught a break since rain doesn't start again until tomorrow. Drive to VT in morning and try to knock out 7 miles in afternoon and pick up the other 10 Thursday. A great reason (excuse) to spend two nights at the Inn at LongTrail.

  • Grayson Highlands Info

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    Quote from Traffic Jam: “Excellent suggestions, y’all. I’ve been wanting to try a truck stop shower. Seriously, it’s sort of a bucket list item...life experience! ” is spending a night at the Doyle on that list?

  • Grayson Highlands Info

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    Quote from StalkingTortoise: “Re: Showers There's a truck stop at exit 150 on I-81 in Daleville VA. Pilot Travel Center. I've used it for post-hike showers a couple of times. Surprisingly clean - the individual bathrooms are scrubbed and re-stocked after each use. And just around the corner near the AT crossing of Route 220 is the Three Li'l Pigs BBQ. Makes for a nice break from the interstate. ” I have found memories of Ther Li'l Pigs BBQ! Went there right off the trail. Waitress brought me bot…

  • Astro on the AT 2019

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    Made it from Rangeley to Andover. Plan to make it over to Grafton Notch. After that I plan to start posting more daily reports with pictures. I think I am a couple of weeks behind now, but I have pictures to help jog my memory.