Sunday, August 23rd (day 11)
It's always a hard hike out of town with a pack full of 5 days worth of food, and a belly full of heavy food. Not to mention having to walk away from a real bed and pillow. All in all, the Inn was relaxing and comfy. The included breakfast in the morning was excellent!
As we set off on the Long Trail, separating from the section that joined the Appalachian Trail, it immediately felt like a trail less travelled. Today wasn't a difficult day, but it just seemed different. Less manicured, maybe.
We only saw southbound hikers today, and know of only a couple with a dog and a single girl who is hiking northbound and hiked out yesterday. We figured we might be the only ones at the shelter, but "Detroit" was there after doing a short day because of a sore knee. It was good to catch up with her, and the three of us girls had a great time laughing tonight about all gross things we do/see/experience on a long distance hike.
Zippy's knee is hanging in there, but very sore in the last few miles of the day. Besides being a bit sore and tired at the end of the days hike, I am holding up very well. Can you guess who's feet are whose?