Day 118: We got hit with a huge thunderstorm last night but we stayed dry. We slept in a little and then waited for our stuff to charge. Buggy day on the trail today. The mosquitos weren’t bothered by the deet I sprayed all over myself. I have a couple of rashes. I think they might be chiggers, but I don’t know. We got rained on today. When we got to the beach at Clarence F. State Park, we took refuge under the building eaves and cooked dinner. Then we took wonderful showers; so hot!! We got a ridge from some workers to the campground for one free night of tenting. The mosquitoes were brutal as we set up, but it didn’t take us long. It will be nice to sleep tonight not covered in det and sweat. Tent is still a little wet.
Day 119: Wow, what a nice night of sleep! That’s what a hot shower will do. I miss hot showers so much! We got a good view today and the weather was very nice. We got to camp just before 5 PM. I just found the tiniest tick I’ve ever seen. I’m lucky it was moving or I never would have found it. Reading before bed!
Day 120: Apparently there was a racoon in the camping area last night. I woke many times to the people who didn’t hang their food trying to shoo it away. I didn’t sleep well and woke with a headache. It went away quickly though. We walked around a pretty lake this morning. We cruised thanks to Navigator turning on her music! We came upon trail magic as we got to the biggest oak tree along the trail. Then it was two more miles to Native Landscapes where we got more soda and Navi picked up some packages. Then we cruised to the shelter. The shelter is nasty but we found a nice tenting spot. Feeling great for 16.6 miles! Catching up on sleep tonight.
Day 121: We are in New England! Crossed into Connecticut this morning right after finding trail magic! I got an apple. We saw a trail crew hard at work improving the trail. A few tough climbs today. We got a hitch into Kent, CT to resupply and wash laundry. We met up with J-Rex! She took a day off here after her boyfriend Max went home. Tenting for free in town. There is a shanty shower set up under the stairwell. Pretty much a garden hose with curtains. I was the first to use it and the sun had warmed up the water in the hose, so I got a warm shower for about five seconds! Then just cold water, but it still felt great to get clean.
Day 122: We got a great breakfast in town this morning, but were pretty late getting on trail. We had a bit of climbing, then a nice flat section by a river. The mosquitoes were bad enough that I put my head net on as we walked. We had another climb and we heard thunder as we got to the base of it. Half way up there was a pavilion so we raced up to it! We “sprinted” by hiker standards. There was a lovely swing there that I got to enjoy before the rain started. We waited out the storm and ate dinner. Afterwards we had about three miles to go. We did our first for-real river crossing and the Crocs held up nice. We hiked the last half mile in the dark, but the tent sites were nice and flat. There was a critter around as we hung our bags, probably another raccoon.
Day 123: I got the bear line stuck in the tree after taking down the bags, but with some effort we managed to get it down. The terrain was very bumpy, with many ups and downs. Just before we reached the flat we realized there was a cafe in the town we would be walking through, but we had three more miles to do in an hour if we wanted to get there before it closed. We soda and coffee on the brain, Navi put on some music and we went as fast as we could! We made it there with 20 minutes to spare and ended up ordering dinner as well. Then we went to a spot in town that had an outlet for our use and charged while we rested a bit. A little further up the trail we came upon Grand Falls, which was awesome! We hiked on until we got to a huge field with fantastic views, so we are camping here. As we were setting up, a former thru-hiker Shepherd spotted us and gave us cookies! The mosquitoes were so bad that we all started going nuts!
Day 124: It started raining as we were eating breakfast so we snoozed for a little longer hoping it was a passing shower. It wasn’t! We packed from inside the tent then took it down. We hiked just under four miles to Salisbury, CT where we stopped to resupply and grab coffee. It took us four hours to get back on trail, but the sun came out and we were able to dry our stuff out. We hiked Bear Mountain, the highest in CT, then down to Sage’s Ravine, which had lots of swimming holes and water falls. Too bad it was too chilly to swim! Then we crossed into Massachusetts. We also hit 1500 miles today. Tenting at a nice site with a bear box. Bugs are still nuts.
Day 125: I woke up tired. We climbed a mountain but were socked in with clouds. It felt nice and cool though. Found water trail magic. Mosquitoes were the worst yet. I wore my head net through most of the flat section. We got soda and water trail magic while looking for vending machines that were in the guide (they don’t exist!). A steep climb to end the day. We squeezed into a tiny stealth site. We had to use the double tree method to bear bag. It took all our free time! Tired and grumpy; hoping tomorrow is better.
Day 126: I hate mornings and mosquitoes! I love trail angels! A typical day of hiking with some ups and downs. We stopped at a road to look for water and a couple in an RV drove by and pointed us in the correct direction to the spring. Then they offered us some food! A banana and clementine on the spot and I also took a granola bar, sunflower seeds and a clementine to go! Staying at the Shaker Campsite with tent pads and a bear box. We even got all our errands done before a thunderstorm rolled in.
Day 127: It rained all night but it stopped this morning. We went over a fence with a sketchy stile. It was just a board in the middle of the lines of barbed wire! We got to walk around some pretty ponds and thankfully the bugs were a little better. There was some sketchy boardwalks and lots of mud. In Lee we walked to a lodge where we got soda and ordered Chinese delivery! We also got to dry some of our stuff out. The lady running the lodge was very nice. Then we hiked on until we got tired. We ended up camping in a parking lot on a gravel road (Country Road) right where the AT crosses. Hopefully no cars come by tonight! I had Pork Fried Rice and soda that I packed out from the lodge. We did just under 17 miles today.
Day 128: We had a minor struggle getting the bear bags down this morning, but we prevailed without cutting the line. Chilly night and morning. We hiked to the Cookie Lady’s place and got cookies and water. We also picked some blueberries and they only charged us $1! The man there told us it was hiker day. He was too sweet! Getting moving again was tough. Thankfully the terrain was pretty easy and the bugs weren’t nearly as bad. On our last climb we got hit with a thunderstorm. There was very small hail. I sped up to stay warm. It was tough because my left foot was in a lot of pain, which would occasionally shoot up my left leg. We got into town pretty quick and stopped in at Levarti’s. He lets people camp in his backyard. After talking with him, we walked to the CRA for nice hot showers then grabbed dinner. Then we headed back and went straight to bed.
Day 129: Zero Day 🙂 Tom let us use his bikes to ride around town and we used his day packs to do laundry, resupply and get another shower! We even had time to go to the library. We had a nice sunny day.