Journal 250-ODYSSEY 2021: Bama to Baxter-Hike On!

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Wednesday–October 27, 2021
Trail Day–250
Trail Mile–12.3/2494.3
Remaining Miles–123.5
Location–NY-52 (1437.0) to West Dover Road (1449.3), then to Edward R. Murrow Park, Pawling , NY

The weather created by the nor’easter, which brought heavy rain, finally passed through, leaving the morning cold and overcast. We’re up right at five and waste no time straightening up Whitman & Anne’s garage and getting our things loaded in Barry’s van. We’re on the road to New York by five-thirty for the long drive south. To Tim Groves, Rome, Georgia: It was a pleasure meeting your son, Whitman, and his wife, Anne! The kindness and generosity they extended us–blessings of great benefit! I hope to see them again when they next visit you and Angela in Georgia. Until then, God bless you all!

Barry has us to NY-52 in good order and we’re (Slim Jim, Kitchen Sink, and me)  hiking north at eight-thirty. Hopefully, the rain has passed and we’ll have a good hiking day. Ahh, and as the day progresses it proves just that! And the trail here in New York? Well, it’s great to be hiking friendly tread again–few rocks, roots, not so many boulders. And the incessant mud we had to trudge through in Vermont, even in the aftermath of flooding caused by the storm, we’ve wet trail, but no mud!

The Appalachians here in New York aren’t as tall or rugged as those further north; thankful I am for that! Consequently, there’s not the intense climbing, yet the ascents are enough to get us up there. And today we’re rewarded a first class view out and across the splendid New York autumn countryside.

Customarily, as I’m hiking, Barry is checking around, looking for a suitable place for us to spend the night. Good, dependable Barry–tonight we’re camping at Murrow Park just outside Pawling. He’s checked with the caretaker–we’re all set!

 

The road to Perdition is full of complainers,
who ain’t got what they thought was due.
The road of Salvation is full of the grateful,
thankful for sorrows so few.
(William Coyne)

 

6 Comments on “Journal 250-ODYSSEY 2021: Bama to Baxter-Hike On!

  1. Happy birthday, it has been great following on the AT.looking forward to you completing the AT!!!

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  2. Thankful u are experiencing better weather.Wonderful photos. Love your blog.
    Safe travels🙏💕🍁

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  3. We’re all cheering for you! Sounds like you picked a good state to end in, now that the storm has passed. Prayers for pleasurable days for the rest of your journey. Walk on! Woohoo!

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  4. The photos you have posted look inviting, and you pair well with autumn woods. So glad your trail was a dryer one, even after 3” of rain, wonderful, and less ground obstacles too👍 Penny for the thoughts running through that grateful, poet mind and heart of yours, now that your trail is homing in on thru? God bless you, Nimble Will❣️🙂

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  5. The road to Perdition is full of complainers,
    who ain’t got what they thought was due.
    The road of Salvation is full of the grateful,
    thankful for sorrows so few.
    (William Coyne)

    I love this!!!

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