Sometime I feel like I just can’t eat enough and yesterday was one of those days. So in addition to hiking 21 miles I added on an additional 2.4 miles for the round trip into the town of South Egremont for lunch. I know it sounds crazy but you get so hungry out here that it’s worth the extra miles to get a good meal. Anyway, I went to Mon’s Cafe had a California Turkey Melt with chips and a pickle, plus a chocolate milk shake. Then I went to the market next door and got some snacks and a bottle of Gatorade. I felt much stronger after eating and the afternoon part of the hike went very well.
The terrain was again a mix of climbing, rocks, smooth forest paths, farmers’ fields, and a little road walking. The mosquitoes were pesky so I had to apply insect repellant a couple of times.
I camped at Ice Gulch in front of the Tom Leonard Shelter on a campsite overlooking the valley below. I had a great view of the full moon from my tent. Also at the shelter were four guys in their twenties who were out for a weekend backpacking bachelor party. They were a lot of fun and even offered me a beer but I declined since the mosquitoes were biting and I was ready to take refuge in my tent.
There were also two older men at the shelter who are doing a section hike. One of them asked where I was from and when I said Lexington, Virginia he said that he has friends there. It turns out that they are mutual friends, Bob Gough and Tara Miller. He was so excited that he immediately got out his phone and called them but got no answer. He left a message explaining that he met me at the shelter. What a small world it is!
Today I’m hiking 20 miles, with no food stops, to the Upper Goose Pond Shelter. It is supposed to be really nice so I’m looking forward to seeing it.
Here are photos mountain laurel in full bloom, the view from Mount Race, and the rock cairn in Mount Everett.