Thursday–October 21, 2021
Location–Goddard Shelter (569.1) to VT-9 (579.2), then to Best Western, Bennington
Goddard Shelter is quite nice, vary spacious. Privy a minute’s walk. Same to the piped spring in the opposite direction.
The trail down the other side of Glastenbury is considerably more friendly to my pitiful mud-soaked feet, and I’m able to move along, making better time. Most of this day is spent in the Glastenbury Wilderness. The hardwood forest, quite captivating in fall, although I must stop if I’m to look and take it in. At Porcupine Lookout we stop for lunch. Slim Jim cranks up his stove and prepares hot coffee. A bit of climbing today; the coffee gets me through it.
We’ve a sudden and steep final descent to VT-9. Barry has climbed up to greet us and we pick our way down through the boulder field together.
Evening is another night spent in Bennington. Supper–pizza right across the street at Pizza Hut. Ten more miles behind me. Getting there folks, I’m getting there…
In autumn, the forest undresses
and I cannot look away.
(Gloria D. Gonsalves)