Day 109: Zero Day in Dalton, MA

July 1, 2013

Ah, zero days. How we love them.

We slept in this morning, at least to our standards, and woke up to the smell of blueberry muffins fresh out of the oven. Joe’s mom, Debbie, made some amazing muffins for us. We chowed down on them along with some much needed fruit and orange juice. After a little more rest, we did a resupply at the grocery store and then went to see Man of Steel at the Berkshire Mall cinema. It was so nice to sit in a cool, dark movie theater for a couple of hours eating popcorn and well, not thinking about hiking. Instead, we watched men in tight suits kill each other and destroy cities! It was just what we needed on a rainy zero day.

It looks like there’s more rain in the forecast. EVERY SINGLE DAY. If it actually rains, we won’t know until that day, but I can’t believe how much rain we’ve had on our hike. Apparently, June was one of the rainiest months on record in Maine at least. I always had a superstition about the number 13. My suspicions are confirmed after our thru-hike so far because of all of the crazy weather patterns that we’ve experienced.

We went to dinner with Joe and one of his sisters to Olde Forge Restaurant and had some amazing wings and great beer. We have had such a relaxing time here in Dalton with Joe and his family. They have been more than accommodating, so it will be difficult for us to leave tomorrow morning.

I’m exhausted and about to pass out. I find that when we take a day off and get out of our normal routine, I’m really tired during the day. Really, I could sleep all day. Obviously, my body is tired from all of the hiking that we do and it’s always a sign to me that a zero day is much needed. Today was one of our most relaxing zero days of the hike so far.

We will set out to finish up hiking in Massachusetts by the 3rd and enter into Vermont. Northern New England, here we come!

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One thought on “Day 109: Zero Day in Dalton, MA

  1. Bill Tracy says:

    I want a zero day! Oh, wait, I have them all the time, but you know what I mean. I was bummed to hear of that ankle giving you trouble again; hope the rest yesterday has allowed you to refresh and give it a little break. Must be exciting to know that you two are getting closer with every step, as opposed to having the same thought, but being so far away. I realy enjoyed the AT Bridge story, makes me happy just to read it, knowing that you are seeing some of the things that were in your Pre-Hike life!

    Reading religiously at this point, wishing you the best! Hope Miles didn’t hit the Beer and Wings too hard so that the zero day would need a follow up Hangover Day!
    Talk to you soon!!!

    “Of all that is good, sublimity is supreme. Succeeding is the coming together of all that is beautiful. Furtherance is the agreement of all that is just. Perseverance is the foundation of all actions.”
    -Lao Tzu

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