Friday, September 16, 2011

Journal Entry #169

Tuesday, September 13 - Day 173 - Mile 1971.7 - Poplar Ridge Lean-to

Up and out early again today. Janel cooked us all breakfast sandwiches. A wonderful send off after a perfect long weekend. Silas even was up to see us off. Nick had us to the trailhead by 6:30 and we started our climb up Saddleback Mountain which took us three hours. We then hiked over The Horn and Saddleback Junior before arriving at the shelter. Buffalo Bobby and I are tenting and Double Check decided to use the shelter.  Bugs are no longer an issue so shelters are now more comfortable.

The hike today was full of challenges. Not only big up hill climbs but steep rock scrambles on the downs. There were a couple that, to me, rivaled the Mahoosic notch but they were short.

The weather was good and views were all spectacular 360 degree. We could easily see where we'd been and where we were going.

During today's hike we broke the 90% completion point.  We'll also hit the 2000 mile mark sometime this week.

All is good.
Trolley Stop

Heading back to the trail

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