New York State – The Trek

Day 93

I woke early, decided to do 21-22 miles and place myself for a resupply the next day. Hobble-It started mountaineering as I completed breakfast. I checked in with Serendipity and Sonic, then bought on the path myself. A pair highway crossings in I unintentionally bought on a unique path and noticed a big owl excessive up in a tree. The additional mile of strolling put me behind the others, however gave me an opportunity to speak with every of them as I handed.

My power stage was excessive and my pack felt mild with solely a day of meals. I glided by a pond edged with Lilly pads and enormous white flowers. It was very humid so I drank extra water than anticipated going up and down steep rocky terrain. Fortunately there was a water cache on the NY17 highway crossing and I bought a pair liters. I made a second bottle of electrolytes.

Finally I reached the Lemon Squeezer, a well-known function on one of many oldest path sections. It concerned a crack within the rock that I edged by sideways adopted by a short climb that I managed with my pack. I ended for lunch on a big flat boulder. The combo of grass, timber, and rocks jogged my memory of Flagstaff Peak in Colorado. The terrain continued till I took a aspect highway to a lakeside picnic space. Whereas I bought water and used the restroom, Sonic caught up. We mentioned the place to camp that night time.

Serendipity bought off the path to spend the night with mates. I discovered a pleasant campsite on the aspect of Black Mountain. Hobble-It joined me whereas Sonic stopped on the former shelter. We ate dinner on a slab of rock with a view throughout the treetops. It was a weary day.

Day 94

In the midst of the night time I woke as much as what gave the impression of a bear crashing by the woods. I turned on my headlamp, however noticed nothing. Then at 4:15 am I heard a galloping sound. A deer went previous the foot of my tent and collided with Hobble-It is hammock. Fortunately she and the hammock weren’t injured as she swung up after which down onto the creature’s again. She was fairly stunned and I think about the deer was additionally. We talked excitedly for ten minutes then managed to fall again asleep.

It was eight-ish miles to city; Hobble-It and I bought an early begin. Shortly after crossing a harmful freeway we came across the 1,400 mile level, yay! Then I booked it to city, semi-running on flats or non-rocky downhills. I did pause on prime of Bear Mountain to climb Perkins Tower and admire the NYC skyline within the distance. Then it was downhill to the Bear Mountain submit workplace the place I picked up my resupply field; making it throughout the slim 11th of September am hours.

I discovered an outlet outdoors the Bear Mountain Inn present store and charged gadgets whereas I sorted by my field. Hobble-It joined me and we caught just a few Pokémon. When Sonic arrived the three of us uber’d to American Burrito. I bought my burrito in a bowl: greens, beans, rice, cilantro, and avocado. A hiker named JTown joined us for lunch. Then we walked again to Bear Mountain. Hobble-It and Sonic went to the pool whereas I did a snippet of path that I missed because of the uber.

To get out of city the path crossed a powerful suspension bridge over the extensive Hudson River. There was a poorly marked intersection and a brief highway stroll with a slim shoulder, then it was again uphill with my heavy load. I listened to podcasts and placed on a bug internet when bugs saved buzzing my ears. Our vacation spot was a ball-field close to the Graymoor Religious Life heart. It had a lined picnic space with shops, water, and port-a-potties close by. Throughout dinner I chatted with Tanager and Metropolis Slicker, a pair from the Ukraine and Russia. We retreated to our tents to flee a mosquito onslaught.

Day 95

The morning was sunny with a lightweight breeze. I unfold my sleeping bag on a desk to air out and let my meals soaking jar dry within the solar. In the meantime I journaled and made use of the robust cell sign. Sonic additionally dried gear and journaled. Once I began mountaineering I felt recharged by night time’s sleep and began leisurely.

In contrast to the previous a number of days, there was loads of water alongside the path. I carried solely 1-1.5 liters since I had a heavy meals load. For lunch I ended at a grassy space and chatted with JTown. All day the terrain undulated gently, giving my legs a mix of exercise. I noticed a black snake for the primary time in a protracted whereas. Three small garter snakes slithered away at my method.

I ended for the day on the RPH shelter. It was a three-sided constructing with a pair of booted legs dangling from the ceiling. A big grassy area supplied glorious tenting. The privy had character; two work and a flush knob, although in fact there was nothing to flush. Serendipity spent the final two nights off path, but arrived minutes behind Sonic and Hobble-It. She will transfer when she needs to. The 4 of us ate dinner collectively at a picnic desk, sharing snacks and dessert.

Day 96

Upon rising I found that the highest of my sleeping bag was moist with condensation. First time that has occurred, though I typically sleep with out my rain fly. I anxious about stuffing it whereas damp. Fortunately, there was a sunny spot close to the shelter the place I hung it over a chair to dry. Hobble-It and Serendipity bought an early begin, the latter to satisfy mates as soon as once more.

Sonic and I set out collectively. There was a coolness to the air and the path provided a few views of small cities amidst timber. We bumped into our first south bounder. He began on June 1 from Katahdin. After 5 miles we got here to a paved highway and walked alongside it to the Mountain Prime Market Deli. Sonic bought a sandwich whereas I bought snacks, then we each bought ice cream treats. We chatted with six different through hikers who had been getting meals.

The deli snack crammed me with power and the following a number of miles flew by. We stopped on the subsequent two shelters. The primary for a snack and the second to raise the legs. In between, a bit hiker named Porridge confirmed us a tiny, lovely snapping turtle that she pulled from a stream. At Dover Street we came across the most important oak tree on the AT. It’s 20+ ft in girth! At its base a candy girl had path magic. I sat upon a fallen limb of the oak to speak, snack, and drink Gatorade.

Two miles after our path magic cease we met up with Hobble-It. She had powered down the path to achieve a Malaysian meals truck that closed at 4 pm so she’d been ready a pair hours. The three of us took a taxi to a grocery retailer the place Hobble-It was resupplied. The driving force kindly waited and took us to Pawling’s Memorial Park which permits through hikers to camp. Hobble-It and I ate dinner within the picnic pavilion whereas Sonic went looking for tacos. Two different thru-hikers, Cash Stache and Sizzling Mess, had set-up tents previous to our arrival and joined us as we completed our meal.

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