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Bill and I went for bagels and then he dropped me off at Smugglers Notch at 7:30 am.  Extremely hot and humid day for hiking.  Really enjoyed walking past Sterling Pond and then over Madonna Mountain which is where the Smugglers Notch Ski area is located.  Ate lunch at Beaver Meadow Lodge.  In the afternoon, pushed on over Whiteface Mountain, which was a fairly tough climb.  Spent quite a bit of time walking on logging roads on the descent into Johnson.

Arrived at the Long Trail Tavern at about 7:00 pm and met two hikers, one a prison guard from New Jersey and the other a veterinarian from Canada.  Then had dinner after putting up my tent along with the other hikers beside the river behind the tavern.  The Long Trail Tavern provides great hospitality for hikers and provides one with good exposure to the local flavor in rural Northern Vermont.

Hiked 13.9 miles today.

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Did not sleep well last night in the crowded Taylor Lodge, much snoring and also some critters crawling around near my head.  I was more or less in a “dungeon” on the floor under a high bunk.

Up at 5:10 am and on the trail by 6:30 am.  Bob Northrop stayed at Taylor last night and I met him this morning.  He is an 84-year-old guy who is hiking the LT to raise $84,000 to help protect the trail.  He has been interviewed by several TV and radio stations and has quite a following throughout Vermont.

84 years young Bob Northrup and grandson

84 years young.....Bob Northrop and grandson

I ran into Dave from Virginia at Butler Lodge about 9:00 am on my climb up Mansfield.  There was some very tough, frightening sections on the way up to the forehead.  In one place, if you slip…you are toast.  The walk across the ridge was very pleasant as it was a beautiful day.  The chin, which is the highest point in Vermont, was very crowded and at one point I counted over 60 people and I was the only thru-hiker.

Atop Mount Mansfield

Atop Mount Mansfield at the chin looking south

John Dillon of Vermont Public Radio, who was waiting at the chin for Bob Northrop, interviewed me about thru-hiking the Long Trail.  The story runs on VPR next Monday.  After lunch, I began the extremely tough descent down Mansfield.  I arrived at Smugglers Notch at 3:30 pm.  A guy who just finished hiking on Mansfield gave me a ride down the Mountain Road into the center of Stowe.  I called Bill and left a message on his machine to come pick me up.  I had an awesome chocolate malt and bought alcohol for my stove.  Bill picked me up and we went to do laundry, for a swim in a really cold stream and to Shaws Supermarket.  Had steak for dinner at Bill’s house and watched the Red Sox game.

Hiked 8.5 miles today.

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