We’re in New Hampshire! We arrived in Hanover last evening. We’re at the 1,742-mile mark. We have 442 miles to go—fewer than 500 miles!
This is where the effort gets really, really difficult. There’s a saying that when you get to Hanover, New Hampshire, you’ve completed 80 percent of the miles but only 20 percent of the effort. So we’re taking a few days off to rest our bodies and re-supply. We need to get our winter gear back; even though it’s July, we need our winter gear to get through the White Mountains and into Maine. We have a lot of re-packing to do. We need to re-supply again and get three or four days’ worth of food. We’ll hit the trail again mid-morning on Monday.
We made it through Vermont, which we loved. Southern Vermont boasted beautiful ponds, bogs, and beaver dams. We even went swimming a few times. We got into ski country; we went over Stratton Mountain, Bromley Mountain, and Killington. We even sat on the chair lift in Bromley and took some goofy pictures, so we had a lot of fun with that.
Once you get up into Killington, Vermont, the trail takes a righthand turn and goes almost due east to get to Hanover, New Hampshire. Up until that point, it follows what is known as the Long Trail. Vermont has a trail that runs from Massachusetts up to Canada—right through the center of the state. It’s really popular. There are a lot of hikers on the Long Trail. Once the AT splits off at Killington and goes due east into Hanover, it’s a lonely trail with few hikers other than through hikers. It’s a beautiful trail—not all worn down, rocky and rooty. It’s a difficult trail with some ups and downs, but we enjoyed it thoroughly.
We’re going to rest up now and get ready for the big effort. We’re about five weeks from completing the hike. We’re starting to meet some “south-bounders” who started in Maine and are hiking down to Georgia, so we’re comparing notes as we pass each other, and they’ve been congratulating us for making it this far. We’re congratulating them for making it through Maine and New Hampshire!
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