***Just a quick note – cell service here is extremely hard to come by sometimes, so if our updates are late, that’s the reason. We are ok!***
Day 3 was much more interesting for Kev than it was for me. He climbed the tallest mountain in Vermont, ran further than he’s ever run, and made a mockery of some extreme conditions. I, on the other hand, emptied the RV toilet, got lost a few times, and was outcast from a high society social club.
After dropping Kev off next to a (pack? gaggle?) of 17 wild turkeys, I made my way to Smuggler’s Notch, our first meeting point. Here’s how that went:
It actually wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, as the trailhead was before the road got too out of hand. I did bike ahead a short way to take some nice pictures. While I waited for Kev, I found a really calm (but frigid!) stream to do a workout by. (Since I know at least one of you cares, it was 50x squats, situps, burpees, lunges, pushups, Russian Twists.) I rinsed off in the stream, and then got some sweet potato soup ready for Kev.
I knew the next stretch would take Kev a long time, but I wanted to get in position early in case I came across any trouble. Little did I know that this time, the trail parking area was shared space with the Lake Mansfield Trout Club, an upscale, members-only party that I, in my camping clothes and dirty hair, was not invited to. I tried to go sit by the lake and take a few pictures, but I got a lot of dirty looks from men in polo shirts and khakis, and in the end had to just wait in the RV.
Right around the time when I thought it was about time for Kev to appear, it started to rain…lightly at first, and then a downpour. Monsoon rain. With huge claps of thunder. I tried to ignore the urge to freak out, and was managing sort of ok when finally Kev showed up in his poncho.
We stayed in a hotel last night. We ate dinner at an Italian restaurant. It seemed like a great idea, the food was delicious (Kev ordered 2 entrees), and it was awesome being right next to the ice machine, but in the end it may have been a mistake. It’s a tough thing to re-enter society when you have to leave it the next morning. From this point on, I think we’ll be roughing it till the end.
**another note: kevs Day 3 post will have to go up later because I can’t figure out how to access it 😦 sorry.