Sunday, August 7, 2011

Journal Entry # 129

Thursday, August 4 - Day 133 -.Mile 1584.8 - North Adams, MA - NERO (North Adams Hotel)

Rain overnight but beautiful sunrise this morning. It was very cool so thoughts of winter gear are popping into our heads.  (Still too early).

The climb from the shelter to the top of Mt. Greylock this morning was fairly easy since we made most of the elevation gain yesterday out of Dalton.

At the lodge at the top of Mt. Graylock we had a terrific breakfast and then started the decent into North Adams. Unfortunately there was a dense fog so we didn't get to see what must be spectacular views from the summit of Mt. Greylock. In fact we couldn't even see the blazes for the AT so we wandered around the top a bit before we found our way down. The down was about 6 miles, but much of the trail was actually up or level until the last mile or so. Then it was very steep into North Adams.

We hitched into town. It only took a few minutes before a fellow whose Son had attempted the trail a couple of years ago picked us up and drove us right to the hotel.

We have a nice room with access to laundry facilities here and groceries & restaurants nearby.

Hopefully tonight we can plan our next week or so to make it to Rutland and do some slake packing further into the Vermont portion of the trail.

It's now after 7:00 PM. We've had dinner, resupplied and have finished our pints of Ben & Jerry's.   We also have made tentative plans for hiking all of Vermont.  We'll take it day by day.

Tomorrow morning we cross the border into Vermont.  Need to rest up for this momentous occasion.  Three States to go.

Another fine day on the Appalachian Trail for the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Love, peace, joy & hope,
Trolley Stop

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