Start Milepost: 1670.5 Time: 07:30
End Milepost: 1683.1 Time: 12:03
Miles hiked: 12.6
Miles to go: 506.7
Temps: 40’s°, 70’s°
Blue Side trails:
Overnight: Mountain Meadows Hstel
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Relentless and I put in five extra miles yesterday so that today we would only have to hike twelve miles today and we could rest in the afternoon. Ha!
We were off the trail by noon but had to wait an hour for the shuttle to pick us up outside of Rutland. Then we had to ride to Killington where we had a room at Mountain Meadows Lodge. The lodge is a converted barn that also serves as a wedding venue. Since it is Tuesday, we are the only two “inside” guests which meant we had to walk a mile for lunch at a deli and a mile back. That walk was slow and plodding. Once we had put away a Dagwood and a Gatorade, the walk back was at a slightly faster clip. We carried a second Gatorade bottle in our clutches.
Upon returning to the lodge we had to configure our packs for tomorrow’s slack packing. Easy! Dump them on the floor and put a few items back in. That was more time not spent resting. Afterwards I tried to sort out logistics for hiking in the White Mountains. That was interrupted by a hiker who will camp out in the pasture area. He just wanted to talk so I let him. By then it was five o’clock and time to order supper – salad, pizza and ginger ale (2 liters each). It arrived at six o’clock so the rest we wanted to take went out the window. Ah, but we were not always on our feet and we were not wearing a pack. What a break!
We will have a lodge breakfast at 06:30 so we will sleep in until six! Ah, there was the rest we were looking for; thirty minutes of extra sleep! The shuttle driver will pick us up at 07:15 and drop us off where he found us today. We will then hike back to the lodge – the trail passes along the hostel’s property line.
One of these days, soon, I will figure out the resupply plan for the Whites. It did not happen today….