Walking today was like pulling teeth. I suspect sugar withdrawal! That or the fact that there was yet another heat advisory today. I was on trail by 4:45 AM (not a typo; I’ve been night-hiking in the predawn again), and I was sweating by 5:30. It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity! 😁 Anyway, when I got to the rock overlooking the Rutland airport, I knew I’d have a signal, and I wasn’t worried about battery because I’ll be in town tomorrow night. So as an experiment I downloaded the LibriVox app (free, public domain audiobooks) and the audiobook of Pride and Prejudice. I listened to 25 chapters. 😁 It did drain the battery by quite a bit—like 80%, I think. But I listened for half the day. It might be useful for a more reasonable half-hour a day or something. We’ll see. I’m heading into the more remote sections soon, so I won’t be able to recharge, and I’ll be watching my battery usage. (And I’m still reading Harry Potter at night. Second go-round. I’m in the Order of the Phoenix for the second time this trip.)
It’s really starting to feel like Maine. Pine forests, ridiculously steep climbs, crazy rock scrambles. I saw a couple of SOBOs, but only one NOBO—a guy named Tex who accidentally went the wrong way for 3/4 of a mile, and was still planning to bash out 24 to get to town today. Wow. These guys, they astonish me. Such athleticism!
I’m at the shelter before Killington with Fire Girl, from Sweden/Vermont. I told her to give me a call if she wants to do the CDT in 3, 4 years. 😁
Tomorrow: Killington, first thing in the morning. The Inn is 12.5 miles from here. I’m hoping to get there before 2, but it depends on what the trail hands me! It’s probably going to rain, but maybe I can beat it. We’ll see! The good news is that because of the long carry, my food weight is like… next to nothing. 😁 My pack is really light at the moment (still bulky, though). Oh! Speaking of bulky, I discovered a fantastic trail meal: spam and spray cheese on a cinnamon raisin bagel. It was an accident, and it’s delicious! Calories, protein, fat, carbs. Does a body good!