Today was a great day of hiking. I was on the trail at 5:30 in an effort to get to Williamstown as early as possible in the afternoon. The early start also helped me beat the heat…at least for a few hours.
I’m experimenting with my diet and trying to incorporate some of the nutrition information I got from Papa Doc and I think it helped me today. My energy level was great all day and I felt really strong on the climbs. I’ll keep working on it and if it continues to help I’ll write a blog post about it.
Trail conditions were a little rough with a mix of rocks, roots and mud which were all very slick from the previous night’s rain. My feet are a little sore now after about 23 miles of rough trail and another mile and a half toad walk to the motel.
The highlight of the hike was reaching the summit of Mt. Greylock, the highest point in Massachusetts. There is a large monument at the peak that is dedicated to the military veterans of Massachusetts. There is also a beautiful lodge near the summit and I stopped in there to fill my water bottle.
I’m staying at Howard Johnson’s in Williamstown. It’s one of the nicest places I’ve stayed on this trip and also the least expensive. Right now I’m eating an early dinner at Desperados, a Mexican restaurant that is mentioned in my trail guide as ‘hiker friendly’.
The motel is located outside of the quaint downtown area of Williamstown but I plan to walk in there after dinner if it doesn’t storm. The skies are pretty dark right now, so my tour of town may get rained out.
Tomorrow morning I’ll cross into Vermont, the only state on the AT that I have not set foot in prior to this hike. I’m looking forward to seeing Vermont but I hear that it can be pretty muddy, especially with all the rain we’ve had. In fact I’ve heard some thru-hikers refer to it as ‘Vermud’. I’ll let you know how it goes!
Here’s a photo of the Mount Greylock Memorial and a large rock inscribed with a quote from Henry David Thoreau about the educational value of spending time in the mountains. It it’s as valuable as he says it is, I should be pretty well educated after this trip. 🙂