July 4, 2013
Today’s mileage: 11.5
Total mileage: 1607.7
Happy 4th of July from the Appalachian Trail! And I would also like to wish a Happy Birthday to my dad! It’s hard to be away from home on a day that I always spend at home with my family swimming, BBQ’ing, and going to Castine for the fireworks. Next year, I’ll be there.
We started hiking just after 7:00 and trudged through the thick, muddy trail. We had to rock hop, balance on logs, and unwillingly trek right through the shoe-sucking mud a few times. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining one bit. I will take the muddy trail over mosquito swarms and days of rain any day. We took a quick break at the Congdon Shelter before hiking the last few miles to the road. We talked to a really nice family going on a hike as we descended the steep, slippery rocks. They asked us questions about our hike and even gave us some carrots and grapes. Those grapes really hit the spot!
Our hitch into town was taking longer than we expected. Just as we were about to start walking, an ’85 VW van came down the road and we stuck our thumbs out one last time. Our intuition was right and the van pulled over. Jim was on his way to New York and was kind enough to give us a ride into town.
We checked into the motel, realized that the laundromat was closed, walked in the raging heat to the other non-existent laundromat (thanks to Google Maps), and finally had some luck with a great pizza from Ramunto’s. There’s live music and fireworks in town tonight, which is why we came into town in the first place. However, we didn’t realize that Bennington was so big and that the park where the festivities are is about 2.5 miles from our motel. A 5 mile round trip through the sketchy part of town late at night didn’t sound too enticing to us, so unfortunately, we decided to stay at the motel tonight, hoping to see the fireworks from here. Not the 4th of July that I had hoped for, but we will make the best of it drinking some Long Trail and enjoying the AC.
I hope that you all had a great 4th of July today! More than ever because of the holiday, I’m dreaming of home and can’t wait to see my family once again.
Happy Birthday, dad! See you soon!!!