Sunday June 17, 2017
Inn on Long Trail 8.3 miles
Total mileage 679.2
I woke up this morning in the clouds on top of Mount Killington and everything felt wet. Condensation was dripping out of the trees on my tent. I will have to set it up when I got to the hotel today to let it dry out. Plus it needs to be cleaned. I have an abundance of black flies that I have been killing in here and it is a total mess! I will be happy to say goodbye to all these black flies. They have a nasty bite. My body is littered with their bite marks! 🙁
I arrive at the hotel around 11 am and our room is not ready yet. So we hang out in the hiker area and weigh ourselves. I’m the only one who hasn’t lost any weight. The rest of the FLIPPING FOUR group has lost 20 lbs. or more since starting this hike!🤤 PRINCESS and ROCKET MAN are here and PRINCESS gives me some more information on hiking the White Mountains. She and her husband have hiked the AT over 3 times. They have also written a book about slackpacking the whole AT.
Our room is ready quickly. While SOULFLOWER takes a shower I take my tent outside and set it up to let it dry and clean the inside of it out. It doesn’t take long. Next it is my turn to shower and I emerge fresh, clean and happy.
Next I open my resupply box and see that Jim has sent me a single serving bag of Chips Ahoy Chocolate Chip Cookies and I immediately dive into them. My hiker hunger is in full swing and I am usually hungry shortly after eating.
We have a flash flood warning for all of Vermont tomorrow afternoon through the evening so we are taking an unplanned zero tomorrow. Camping in the rain sucks!