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Astro on the AT 2019

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      Astro wrote:

      IMScotty wrote:

      Astro wrote:

      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. :thumbup:
      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.
      Raining with thunderstorms today. So went to Calvin Coolidge Museum and historical village. Will do all 17.3 miles tomorrow.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
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      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.
      "Dazed and Confused"
      Recycle, re-use, re-purpose
      Plant a tree
      Take a kid hiking
      Make a difference
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      jimmyjam wrote:

      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.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
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      Astro wrote:

      Going SoBo also probably gets toughest parts of trail out of the way in case I end up having to finish in the dark.
      sobo might be the way to go. The trail between the Inn and the top of Killington was pretty good from what remember. You're still going to have to climb thru the roots. We did meet a few thru hikers who decided to do it sobo because they thought it would be easier that way. It's a pretty forest on top. That shelter on top is a rat hole, we were originally going to stay in it until we got there and then decided what's a few more miles to the Inn were we can get beers, food and showers. And more beer. In that order.
      "Dazed and Confused"
      Recycle, re-use, re-purpose
      Plant a tree
      Take a kid hiking
      Make a difference
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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 for Maine), after getting water and making my supper decided to keep moving. Also it was July 4th and you really hear all the action going on at the lake/pond. I once I started climbing the mountain things got a little tougher. As you often see in Maine your ascents and descents are like a roller coaster. Made it halfway down elevation wise and about a fourth distance wise before I found a place to set up my tent. Closer to trail than I preferred, but it was starting to get dark.
      Met a Japanese woman hiking which is near because my second son is currently doing an internship with a software startup company in Tokyo.
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      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
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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. Forecast was for NO rain tonight, but lots tomorrow, so my plan was up early and get back down the mountain before it started. But after I was set up, sure enough it started to rained, which concerned me because the rain fly didn't have any stakes. But it quit raining before too long and everything thing was fine. Unfortunately the clouds hid what could have been a really nice sunrise.
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      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
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      Day 15 (cont.)
      Moxie Bald Mountain pictures in the morning.
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      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
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      CoachLou wrote:

      Astro wrote:

      CoachLou wrote:

      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). :D
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
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      Astro wrote:

      Reward this morning for knocking out the 17 miles yesterday. I love the Inn at Long Trail. :thumbup:
      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.
      “Of all sad words of tongue or pen,
      the saddest are these, 'It might have been.”


      John Greenleaf Whittier
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      IMScotty wrote:

      Astro wrote:

      Reward this morning for knocking out the 17 miles yesterday. I love the Inn at Long Trail. :thumbup:
      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 so don't leave anything in the tank.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
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      Astro wrote:

      IMScotty wrote:

      Astro wrote:

      Reward this morning for knocking out the 17 miles yesterday. I love the Inn at Long Trail. :thumbup:
      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 so don't leave anything in the tank.
      What does Astro have in common with Rocky?

      There's Still Stuff in the Basement :)
      “Of all sad words of tongue or pen,
      the saddest are these, 'It might have been.”


      John Greenleaf Whittier