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Calgon
State: The Great State of Na Hampsha
Begins: Apr 16, 2016
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Jul 20th, 2016

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Goodbye AT, Hello LT

Surprisedly, HPP had a pretty warm night! Hooray life will be tolerable
after all! We fixed our coffee and ate some protein bars for breakfast,
packed up and got off by 9:00ish. Today we would walk 6+ miles to VT route
4 then another 5+ miles to a shelter named Rolston Rest. We would also be
leaving the AT/LT combined trail and be solely on the LT for the last 18
miles.
Starting down the decent from Killington we were being careful not to take
a fall or twist an ankle. Six miles down hill, some steep, can wear your
legs out fairly quick. We took a couple breaks along the way down stopping
at a shelter named Churchill Scott for a snack before getting to route 4.
Once there, HPP made the call to her dad for him to pick us up at Brandon
Gap on Friday morning.
After route 4 there was 1 mile before the section known as the Maine
Junction begins. This is where the AT and LT split. We stopped here, had a
rest, something to snack on and I said goodbye to the AT for the remainder
of this hiking season. Northward now on the LT we ventured heading to
Rolston Shelter a mere 4 miles away.
The terrain was pretty easy going but both HPP and I noticed that it was
not as wide and a lot more wood / sticks / leaves debris on the trail and
this makes sense because there is not as many hikers on this trail as the
AT.
We reached the shelter at around 4:30pm got set up, got water and made
dinner. We visited with 2 young couples doing the LT for the first time and
a young man we met at route 4. His trail name was Big Pipe and his mother
had backed the most delicious cookies which he shared with all. What a nice
guy.
Tomorrow we will have to hike 14 miles getting to a shelter named Sunrise
Shelter. From there only a .9 mile walk to Brandon Gap. This will finish
the Long Trail for HPP and myself.

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The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is more than 2,175-mile long footpath stretching through 14 eastern states from Maine to Georgia. Conceived in 1921 and first completed in 1937, it traverses the wild, scenic, wooded, pastoral, and culturally significant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Learn more: www.appalachiantrail.org

 

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