Friday–July 30, 2021
Location–NY-52, then to Days Inn, Southington, Connecticut, AT Mile 1,437.0
Extra time this morning is needed to clear our room at Bear Mountain Bridge Motel, and move on. Breakfast is again provided by Perry, compliments of Grandpa. What a great stay we’ve had with you, Grandpa. And thanks for your generous gift–to boost this old intrepid on up the trail!
Second sad start-off this morning. Yesterday morning it was goodbye to St. Paul. This morning I bid so long to both Barry and Potato Chip. Chip is a much faster hiker than me, so she’ll soon be far ahead. And Barry, he must return home to Alabama. Thanks, Barry, for all you’ve done to support me–an amazing commitment of your time and resources!
More anxious anticipation this day, as Nathan and Kimm Wright are coming to pick me up when I complete my hike this afternoon. I’ll be going up to Maine with them. There, day-after-tomorrow, Nathan will begin his hike up the last and final segment of his 18-year goal of section-hiking the Appalachian Trail. I want to be there with this dear friend, to share in his joy of finishing. So, at Monson, we’ll enter the 100-mile wilderness together, then climb Mt. Katahdin–together.
This day’s hike goes quickly, around Canopus Lake, up and over Shenandoah, Hosner, and Stormville Mountains.
Nathan and Kimm are right there waiting for me at NY-52 road crossing–and we’re off to Maine…
Anticipation is a gift.
Perhaps there is none greater.
Anticipation is born of hope.
Indeed it is hope’s finest expression.
(Steven L. Peck)