Melville Nauheim Shelter (1612.2) Bushcamp (1639.6)
First up let me congratulate Knotts on the new Unsupported Fastest Known Time on the Appalachian Trail. 2190 miles 53 Days 23 hours.
Well, how can I complete with an achievement such as that. I’m very happy for Knotts. My day was much easier even though I was awake early and hiking by 6am. The trail was surprisingly easy with little in the way of hills and the famous mud wasn’t bad. I think people could be prone to exaggeration about the mud.
For the whole day we would hike for about 4 miles, stop for water and a quick bite to eat then hike another 4 miles. At one of these rest breaks I made a discovery that I was short of food. I had no dinner meals left in my food bag. I must have made the error during my last resupply. I was faced with a problem. I had enough snacks to consume at dinner but not enough food to make it to the next town.
I had a look at the map ahead a found that I could take a side trail to save maybe 5 miles of trail, then take another side trail to the town of Manchester by lunchtime tomorrow. My hiking buddy Thumper agreed to follow me on these side trips.
We blitzed the trail for the rest of the afternoon. We were both exhausted late in the day. There’s not a lot of places to Bushcamp in Vermont. Late in day we set up camp on the trail with the hope to start hiking very early the next morning. It was late and we were both exhausted. Tomorrow is a new day.