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Caught the 7:30 am bus and arrived back in Manchester at 10:30 am.  Made some phone calls then easily caught a ride and was back to the trail by noon.  The weather was perfect today.  My pack is much lighter, I can sip water whenever I want, it isn’t raining and my knee feels better with the brace.  Climbed three peaks today: Bromley Mountain where I had lunch in the tower; Styles Peak and Peru Peak.  Today was by far my best hiking day.

Bromley Mountain Summit

Bromley Mountain Summit

Arrived at Peru Peak Shelter and it was packed.  Moved on to Griffith Lake Tenting Area and found an empty platform.  The home-made Foster Can wind screen/stand for my alcohol stove did not work so BJ the Bear who was also here let me borrow his stand.  I am going to cut some bigger holes in the can tomorrow to see if this helps.  I like sleeping in the tent much more than the “crowded” shelters.  It really does not make much sense to come to the woods and then crowd into a small structure with lots of other people.  BJ the Bear and Kirk, an AT thru hiker, were admiring my Stephenson warmlite tent, which is very light for its size.  I listened to the Red Sox game on my walkman before going to bed.

Hiked 10.3 miles today.


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Friday the 13th.  Did not get much sleep at the Stratton Pond (Hilton) Shelter due to a very loud snorer.

Early start at 7:15 am and a fairly easy day.  Arrived at the crossing of VT 11/30, which is the road to Manchester, at about 3:30 pm.  Hitchhiked for the first time in about 20 years and got picked up by about the 10th car for a ride into Manchester.  The trail was very muddy throughout the day and my knee really hurt in the morning but felt better in the afternoon.

Checked into a boarding house in Manchester, called Sutton Place, that caters to hikers.  The proprietor of Sutton place is a guy named Frank.  Went to Rite Aid for a knee brace, Ben Gay and ibuprofen for my knee troubles.  My knee is swollen and I am limping very noticeably around Manchester.  Had an enjoyable shower and then had an excellent dinner at the steakhouse in Manchester. After dinner, went back to Sutton Place and hung out with Blue jay and an AT thru hiker from Concord, MA.

Hiked 10.6 miles today.

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