I left the Mountain Meadows Lodge just before 6:00 yesterday and knew it was going to be a challenging day. I had planned to hike about 25 miles and stop at the Cloudland Shelter but decided to go a mile further and stealth camp. So this morning I only have 15 miles to go to get to the Norwich Inn where I will spend the night. The town of Norwich is right on the border with Hanover, New Hampshire. So today will be my last day hiking in Vermont.
Yesterday Vermont threw about every obstacle it could at me and I got a lot of satisfaction in meeting the challenge. There was rain of course, lots of climbing, a couple of raging streams to ford, many large pools of water and deep mud to wade through, and even a ladder to climb (see photo).
Surprisingly the were a number if backpackers out who were all hiking south. Near the end of the day I even passed a father and teenage son who were day hiking and only carrying a water bottle – no rain jackets or anything. I hope they weren’t going far because the rain was off and on all day.
I’ll keep this post short because I am eager to pack up and start hiking. But first I’ve got to get all of these slugs off of the tent and out of my shoes.
Off to Norwich!j