Sunday June 11, 2017
Town of Bennington, VT – Catamount Motel 13.9 miles
Total mileage 587.5
We fell a little short of our ending point last night so we made up the miles today. With the early stop last night I was able to soak my feet in a stream. The water was so cold that I couldn’t leave them in for very long, but it felt so good. So good in fact I soaked them again today on my lunch break. 😊
It gets light so early here and the birds really come to life at first light which is currently 4:38 am! So I have been up early every morning. Plus today was supposed to be hot so I wanted to get an early start. I was out of camp at 5:15 am heading to the next shelter 2 miles away to use the privy. DISCOUNT and HOOTIE were both there. We hiked with them on and off throughout the day and ended up going into town together.
There were times throughout the day that I wondered if I was off trail and walking up a creek instead. There was water flowing down the trail and it truly looked like a creek! 😯 The rocks and tree roots were a blessing in these areas. It gave you an area to step out of the water. I spent most of the day hopping from rock to rock or tree root.
Most of the day went well. My feet did get really sore by the end of the day. We had a steep descent down into Bennington which bothered my knees some, but after resting some at the hotel they are feeling better although my feet are still sore.
I don’t think anyone has to worry about me losing weight. I managed to eat a whole pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. Which contains 1040 calories, 52 grams of fat and 120 carbohydrates!😁 My hiker hunger has definitely kicked in. I have gone from eating 1-2 snacks per day to 3 or more. The last time I weighed at the Bearded Woods Hostel I had not lost any weight.
The funniest things remind you of some people. The hotel I am staying at has a pink toilet and it made me think of my Dad. He was a handyman and had a supply of a colored toilets that we had to dispose of after he passed away. I miss you, Dad!