Friday, May 25, 2012: I'm all in. This is the last I see of New York:
It was worth it to get the photo, but I felt humiliated – my balance is just really bad. The backpack wassoaked and some of my jacket was splashed, and things would not dry in the foggy weather, so I was a bit wet for the rest of this leg, though not cold – temperature in the low 60’s.
I climbed Tenmile Hill, turned around at the summit where I had stopped and turned around yesterday.
On the way back along the Housatonic a man in dress pants and black patent leather shoes and a white business shirt came by carrying nothing but a hand-free ear-plug phone.
He stopped me and asked “How far?”
“How far to what?” I said.
“To the end of the trail.”
So I had to explain to him that it went all the way to Georgia ... if he chose to go to the end ... which amazed him. But I suggested that the footbridge over Tenmile River would be a good destination for a pleasant walk. I was back at my parking spot a bit after 10AM and spread out the few things in my backpack that needed to dry out. Then the bureaucrats took over my life ...
Finally at 2:30 I got back out to hike a short leg south. Just as I was ready to go, a car with Maryland plates came by and turned around at the intersection and stopped. Out popped ‘Salty’. He hadn’t told me before, but he’s taking two zero days. It was his wife driving the car, and it turns out they live on Kent Island – eastern shore. We chatted for a minute or two and noted that we’d probably meet on the trail again. Once back on the trail, he’ll pass me as he roars on north. He then went off for some R and R with his wife (he had hiked into Kent this morning to meet her) and I headed out on my hike.
It began with the quarter mile road walk down Schaghticoke Road, then the trail enters a pretty woods with gigantic boulders strewn about and begins to climb Schaghticoke Mountain. There are some steps, some mud, a few rocky bits, but mostly it's an easy, smooth climb. On top there’s a vista point looking south (all fogged in) then one to the west (beginning to clear). Then after a mile of mostly level walking on easy trail I came to the NY-CT border point where the AT northbound leaves NY for the last time.
The bureaucrat maggots may have eaten the guts out of the day, but it went perfectly fine without guts, thank you very much :-)
Here's a map of today's hike. The title is a link that will take you to all the photos of note along the way:
AT Day 132 - The Housatonic at Bulls Bridge at EveryTrail
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