Journal 237-ODYSSEY 2021: Bama to Baxter-Hike On!

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Thursday–October 14, 2021
Trail Day–237
Trail Mile–11.9/2373.9
Remaining Miles–243.9
Location–Upper Cold River Road (501.1) to VT-140 (513.0), then to Yellow Deli Hostel, Rutland

Five in the morning is way before first light. But Barry is up, headlamp on, preparing coffee and fried eggs for me. I’m up at five too, trying to organize my thoughts–and my gear.

It’s further to the trailhead this morning, but Barry manages to return Kitchen Sink and me shortly after seven-thirty. Another day of climbing it appears.

And so it is, the trail here in Vermont is easy enough to trek any given time, but the near-continual ascents and descents take much effort, and by day’s end can leave the weary hiker tired and wore out. With over 5,000-feet of elevation change today, this is definitely a “wore out” day. Twelve miles is certainly not a great distance, but it’s good to get off the mountain after another tiring time–and Barry is right here to fetch me. Bless his soul…


It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us,
as the confidence of their help.

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