Brink Road Shelter to Pochuck Mountain Shelter – 32.0 miles
It was a surprisingly chilly night, probably in the low 40’s. Today is mentally challenging. I just don’t seem to have it. The weather is gorgeous. My pack is slightly lighter, but still a little too heavy. I don’t know what the deal is. I’m really motivated. Is this the [Virginia] Blues? Does that even make sense? Is the time on the trail finally taking its toll? I sit down about every two hours to eat and to take my pack off, which is something I’ve never done.
At about noon, it looks like I’m going to have a long day (like getting to shelter after 7 PM). But about 4 PM, when I refill my water and eat a little more, the terrain becomes smoother, the rocks disappear, and I just start rolling.
There is a boardwalk probably a quarter mile long this morning.
After noon there is a long road walk followed by a flat access road around Wallkill River National Wildlife Reserve. The walk around the reserve is beautiful late in the day. There is another boardwalk probably half a mile long. This is followed by a climb up the mountain to the empty shelter.
I close the last 10 miles well and get to the shelter at 6:20 PM. Great! I can relax a little, eat a ton, and plan tomorrow! It feels good to end the day well.
As with all days, there are highs and lows, which can vary hourly. If I just keep eating, keep drinking, and keep walking, things will get better. I made good progress today.
I communicate with Lindsay, and they are coming tomorrow (I just need to figure out where)! It’s unexpected since I saw them a week ago, but great of course. Woohoo! With how fast I’m covering ground, in a few days I will be too far north for them to be able make a drive up to see me. This visit is very likely the last one.