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A really pleasant day.  Not as humid as yesterday and no rain again.  The mosquitoes were really bad in the shelter last night, I sleep much better in the tent.

Started on the trail just after 8:00 am.  The morning hike was flat and easy.  Had lunch at Governor Clement Shelter with Kirk and BJ.  Found some “trail magic” courtesy of Gnome today, cans of cola in a stream.  The soda was most refreshing.  The afternoon hike up Killington was brutal, straight up on rocks and roots forever.  It appeared to be a newly cut trail that had not yet been “broken in” and was by far the toughest section of trail that I had yet encountered.

I am camping on a platform near the top of Killington (2nd highest peak in VT) behind Cooper Lodge.  I bid farewell to BJ the Bear, who is pushing on and who’s company I have enjoyed so much these past few days.  He is doing the AT and the trail splits up ahead.  What could be better, camping on top of a mountain with solitude and a Davidoff cigar, the Red Sox game on the Walkman, and dinner of couscous and sun-dried tomatoes.  I am pooped and will turn in early.

Hiked 10.1 miles today.

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Out of bed by 6:30 am and on the trail by 8:00 am.  Made a wrong turn onto a side trail and hiked an extra mile out of my way.  In the process, I fell on a wet rock and banged my elbow pretty good.  Got back on the trail but was somewhat down after my wrong turn and spill.  Warm humid day and no rain, which was a nice change.

B.J. The Bear and Kirk at the Clarendon Shelter

Kirk and B.J. The Bear at the Clarendon Shelter

Reached the beautiful Clarendon Gorge and walked over a scary suspension bridge.  BJ the Bear was sitting on the other side of the gorge putting away his food drop.  I found a $5 bill on the side of Route 103 while walking with BJ to the Whistle Stop, a restaurant ½ mile from the trail.  Had a tasty cheeseburger and 2 diet Pepsis.  Wow, real food was awesome!  Hiked up a really tough hill on the other side of route 103 with BJ and arrived at the Clarendon Shelter.

Slo Toe, Pokey and Gumby from Indiana

Slo Toe, Pokey and Gumby from Indiana

Kirk was already at the shelter and then a father and two sons from Indiana, Slow Toe, Pokey and Gumby showed up.  Pokey and Gumby were quite an amazing story, two 7-year-old twin boys who were thru-hiking the LT.  A salty old Vermonter showed up at the shelter on an RV to keep us company.  I really enjoyed the second half of my day after the slow start.  Sleeping in the shelter tonight with a few very friendly mosquitoes.

Hiked 8.7 miles today.

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