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Begins: Mar 13, 2018
Date: Tue, Jun 12th, 2018
Start: Mt Algo Shelter
End: West Cornwall Road
Daily Distance: 16.2
Trip Distance: 1,495.3
Hours Hiked: 9.5
Daily Ascent: 3832
Daily Descent: 3498
Entry Lat: 41.914819
Entry Lng: -73.41467
People Met: 2
Entry Visits: 94
Journal Visits: 23,167
Guestbook Views: 378
Guestbook Entrys: 31
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Slept great, love my tent! It was pretty chilly last night, woke up a little cold! Headed out early.
Just a quick 0.3 miles down to CT 341 and headed into the town of Kent, CT. Had a yummy breakfast at the local diner, mostly locals at that time of day!
After breakfast, Zia and I hung out in the outfitters slash ice cream shop until it opened at 9am. Once the kid working there opened up, we went in and they did not have what he needed. We checked two other stores to no avail. We went back to the first store and he got something to ride him over!
We headed back to the trail by 10am. I heard from the Bearded Woods Shelter. I had contacted them a couple of days ago and they said they were closed for repairs. The owner changed his mind so Zia and I decided to shuffle our hikes around to fit it in. Both of us were pretty stinky and needed a shower and our hiking clothes cleaned. So tomorrow and Thursday I plan on hiking twenties at least. That will give me a short hike into Great Barrington on Friday.
Today was another great day to hike. The weather was perfect, not too hot, sun shining, blue sky and a good breeze to keep the bugs away! It was also similar terrain wise, the trail started technical, got really easy and flat and ended with some decent ups and downs.
For the first two miles a bunch of small rocky bumps. Then a little climb to Calebs Peak, a nice view. The climb down was very steep with stone steps, not the nice even kind we are use to!
The next five miles was absolutely flat. Felt like we were in a state park, walking down an in paved road with a few campers and other vehicles parked. We also hiked along the Housatonic River for most of it, very pretty!
Right before getting back on the trail trail, we came upon some trail magic. Boo Boo, who thru-hiked with her dog, was parked with some camp chairs and the back of her suv up. She had beer, soda, homemade chocolate-chip cookies and watermelon! It was awesome! She did the hike in 2016 and we discussed the differences. She was between undergrad and veterinarian school. Now she is home for the summer chillin until she heads back in the fall. It was awesome and rare to get trail magic during the week! Also, not as much trail magic the further north I travel.
The last six miles were 5 or 6 ups and downs of various steepness and terrain. We ended on West Cornwall Road and waited for our ride to the hostel. Hudson showed up 10 minutes later and took us to his house. The hostel consists of the basement with its two showered bathroom and two small bunk rooms. It is very nice and tastefully done. The only weird things are the animal skulls, furs and pelts mounted everywhere. Oh and we had access to their enclosed porch which was pretty awesome.
Took a shower, gave my laundry to the host who did it for me. There are three other hikers here other then Zia and me. Most of the time we spent on the porch talking. We all ordered Mexican food from a local place and the host went to get it. After eating we all went to our bunks to lie quietly or sleep.
Tomorrow I have options, there is a bunch of shelters and tent sites around the distance I want to travel. Its suppose to rain sometime tomorrow but nothing to crazy. We get breakfast with our room and afterwards we are carted back to the trail. Two of the other hikers, Willow and Dont Care are gonna stay three nights and slack pack parts of the trail from here.
All in all, today was another great day. Connecticut is beautiful! Our host said the next leg or two are the pinnacle of this state so looking forward to it!