Monday, August 15, 2011

Journal Entry # 136

Thursday, August 11 - Day 140 - Mile - 1686.8 - Cooper Lodge (Passed a sign today that indicated we had 500 miles to go)

Wow!  What a wild day.  We were up early and on the trail before 6:30 with dreams of a real breakfast about 3 miles up the trail. At the main road to the the restaurant a   father, Jim, who is supporting his Son came out of the woods the same time we did and had his car at the trail head. He offered us a ride which we gladly took and also said he'd drive us back to the trail head when we were done. We couldn't believe our luck.

When we arrived at the Restaurant the waitress ask us if we were the three men waiting for a ride?  We said no and proceeded to have a wonderful breakfast. Unknown to us, since I've had no phone service, my Wife and Sister-in-Law were driving down to allow us to slake pack over Killington.  We only missed them by a few minutes at the Restaurant.

Events heated up a bit as they tried to catch us on the trail, which is a much longer and humorous story (in retrospect) that may be in a future book. Long story short we didn't slake pack which turned out to be a good thing since we didn't arrive at the top of Killington until 5:00 PM. We wouldn't have been able to hike another 5 hours down without night hiking.  It all worked out. Thanks for the valiant effort on Jane & Marion's part.

The hike was all uphill over mud, rocks and massive amounts of roots. The first climb off the road was straight up a steep rock scramble.  The good news was that today was another picture postcard perfect day.
Tonight, at the top of Killington, it's cold!  Were in our sleeping bags with all our clothes on. There's a spectacular sunset out our glassless windows.  Perfect end to the day.

Tomorrow Aunt Marion will pick us up after we hike Down and take us back to civilization for a few days which we've all been looking forward to for quite a while.

Lots more happened today, as usual, but I can't keep my eyes open any longer.

Love to all,
Trolley Stop

Coopers Lodge on top of Killington.

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