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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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