Long Trail - Day 2

We got up early and hiked through some rolling, abandoned farmland. We crossed Route 9, bathed in a river there, then hiked up to a ridge trail. Andrew went ahead, and I caught up to him at Goddard Shelter as a downpour started. We prepared some food, the weather cleared, and we went up the fire tower at Glastenbury Mountain. Next, we hiked a long up-and-down meandering section of old trail and forest. The shelter logs indicated that GPS and Smartwool were just ahead of us, so we tried to catch up. I slipped on a slanted rock, fell on my elbow, and learned not to hurry too much. As darkness fell, we tarped on a shelf above the trail in a bed of ferns, 2 miles before Story Spring Shelter.

GPS and Smartwool were a pair of lady hikers who kept an online journal on the HikeVermont website maintained by Rita W. Together with them and a few others, I maintained some records about preparations and results.
Later I kept similar records on the HikeVermont site for my AT thru-hike, since I was an alumnus of the Long Trail by then. This online activity seemed novel to me, as Internet communications had only recently broken through.