Day 112: Seth Warner Shelter to Bennington, VT

July 4, 2013

Today’s mileage: 11.5
Total mileage: 1607.7

Happy 4th of July from the Appalachian Trail! And I would also like to wish a Happy Birthday to my dad! It’s hard to be away from home on a day that I always spend at home with my family swimming, BBQ’ing, and going to Castine for the fireworks. Next year, I’ll be there.

We started hiking just after 7:00 and trudged through the thick, muddy trail. We had to rock hop, balance on logs, and unwillingly trek right through the shoe-sucking mud a few times. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining one bit. I will take the muddy trail over mosquito swarms and days of rain any day. We took a quick break at the Congdon Shelter before hiking the last few miles to the road. We talked to a really nice family going on a hike as we descended the steep, slippery rocks. They asked us questions about our hike and even gave us some carrots and grapes. Those grapes really hit the spot!

Our hitch into town was taking longer than we expected. Just as we were about to start walking, an ’85 VW van came down the road and we stuck our thumbs out one last time. Our intuition was right and the van pulled over. Jim was on his way to New York and was kind enough to give us a ride into town.

We checked into the motel, realized that the laundromat was closed, walked in the raging heat to the other non-existent laundromat (thanks to Google Maps), and finally had some luck with a great pizza from Ramunto’s. There’s live music and fireworks in town tonight, which is why we came into town in the first place. However, we didn’t realize that Bennington was so big and that the park where the festivities are is about 2.5 miles from our motel. A 5 mile round trip through the sketchy part of town late at night didn’t sound too enticing to us, so unfortunately, we decided to stay at the motel tonight, hoping to see the fireworks from here. Not the 4th of July that I had hoped for, but we will make the best of it drinking some Long Trail and enjoying the AC.

I hope that you all had a great 4th of July today! More than ever because of the holiday, I’m dreaming of home and can’t wait to see my family once again.

Happy Birthday, dad! See you soon!!!

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5 thoughts on “Day 112: Seth Warner Shelter to Bennington, VT

  1. Sit a Bit says:

    The great views of Vermont are coming, Stratton, Bromley, Killington, & Pico. Enjoy your cool room, the humidity is something else. A couple of good swimming holes ahead for you at Story Spring and Stratton Pond. Vermont trail summed up with Verocks, Veroots, and Vermud.

  2. Mom says:

    You were missed today, but know that you have many more 4ths to spend with us. Savor the journey you are on right now. It will be over before you know it and life will carry on as normal. We saw Louie in his first Castine parade this morning and was very hot. Visited the breeze for a cold drink and headed home to bake day’s cake and prepare the meal jointly with Elissa. Pool time enjoyed by all, of course. Think it was the hottest day of the summer so far. Young uns went to Russell Farm for fireworks. Dad and I are hanging with the dogs cuz we are all tired. Louie loved the pool and his rocking Mickey. Xoxox

  3. jaxtraw says:

    Linz, thank you for happy birthday wishes. We had a great day with your sisters and Louie enjoying the hot weather around the pool. Only thing missing was you!😪. See you next weekend in Hanover. We’ll celebrate then.

  4. Sharon Tirrell says:

    Hope you two got to see some fireworks from afar. Ours were rained out. We have had a week of solid rain. Hope Vermont doesn’t get any more flooding. They had their share.

    You are just movin right along!! Suck all the enjoyment out of the experience you can before you return to the real world.

    I accidently three away the blog with the post offices where you might collect things. Please post again for after Hanover.

    One of the things I would like to know from past AT hikers is how they went back to a well balanced nutritious diet after months of high calorie food. Was it hard to break those habits?

    Love, Grandma Sharon

  5. ddjanowski says:

    Back at you guys. We have never met but I shared a much delayed plane ride back from Atlanta with Miles’s mum. We somehow landed on the topic of you and Miles taking on the AT and I was much enamored of the idea as well as jealous. I promised Miles’s mother I would check out your blog Lindsey. Keep it up, I know it takes a lot of discipline and is probably the last thing you feel like doing at the end of a rough day.
    As fore me I’m now 44 living in Manhattan with my wife and 8-year-old daughter. In years past I spent week-long trips every year in the summer with a buddy on the southern sections. Afraid we only made through the Nantahalas after a few years (having started at Springer) before going on hiatus. Anyway I look forward to living vicariously through your adventures. And one day in the not too distant future picking up where I left off —Davis Janowski (aka AtavMtnGoat [Mt. Ataviros Mtn Goat, long story but when I first started on the AT I had not long before returned from exploring Greece over the course of a summer with my sister and her then boyfriend, a national. We spent a month on his home island of Rhodes. Already being a longtime hiker I could not resist the idea of hitchhiking down the island and climbing the highest mtn on it. Mount Ataviros. It was really more like freehand scrambling, rock climbing and bushwhacking. I spent a glorious night on the bald summit bivouaced in my sleeping bag staring at the crystal-clear stars and Milky Way seeing the Agean lit by moonlight and the sea on three sides of me. My only company was a free-ranging flock of goats w/bells on that clinked and tinkled whenever they moved. That said it was beautiful but lonely —- so as trying as it can get on the trail as a closeknit pair enjoy each other’s company. Hasta luego!

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