Day 123 (July 22nd) – 16.2 miles to Salisbury, CT. The difference one day makes! Today was so much better. Lower humidity, better terrain, we had a shower, laundry and a big breakfast this morning and slack packed today!! We had trail magic and ran into friends off and on, and ended the day with a drink in Salisbury with other hikers. Great day!!
Day 124 (July 23rd) – 16.8 miles. We passed the 1500 mile mark today! We crossed into Massachusetts today! We slackpacked today, compliments of a follower (and now friend), Dianna! Humidity is finally much lower and it was a good day, what a difference the heat and humidity makes! We now just have 4 states left!big thank you to Dianna for helping us slack today and bringing us ice-cold drinks and treats!
Day 125 – zero day, rain all day. Stayed at Great Barrington, MA at Mountainview Motel. Met Joe, trail angel – he’d been following us since our Costa Rica days and was so happy to meet us! Insisted on taking us out to lunch!
Day 126 (July 25th) – 17.6 miles today. Really hiked 20.6, but 3 of those miles didn’t count (went the wrong way and got turned around, took us 1.5 miles before we figured out we were going back the same way we came!). Trail Angel Joe slack-packed us today, so that was helpful, and when he brought out packs back to us he had drinks and snacks. Great guy! Rained good part of the morning and it was COLD out (can you believe it, after all the hot weather we just had!).
Day 127 (July 26th) – 18.7 miles to October Mountain Shelter. Beautiful cool weather and blue skies, high of 70, perfect hiking weather. Lots of forest 🌳 hiking today – pine trees, rocks and roots. No animal sitings today. We ran into a trail maintainer late this afternoon who told us about the geography in the area. He was trimming trees and bushes along the trail.
Day 128 (July 27th) – 11.8 miles Nero to Dalton, MA. Started early (6) to try to beat the storms, and it rained on us just towards the end (got to town at 10:40!). It’s still raining now and expected rest of day. We got a room at the Shamrock Village Inn, taking showers and doing laundry. Going to post office next for care packages, and then some food!
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