Big Branch Shelter to Churchill Scott Shelter – 31.4 miles
I sleep great. This is the third consecutive day of waking at 4:40 AM, five minutes before my alarm. I feel great all day. My pack is light, since I’m one day from resupplying. It’s gorgeous again with blue sky and temperatures in the 60s.
I have some trail magic! In the middle of the Vermont woods I see a sign for trail magic, directing to the stash a few feet off the trail. I drink the last can of Mug root beer (root beer!) and I have some candy: 2 pieces of Bit-o-Honey, and 3 Fireballs.
The seven-mile climb in the afternoon is tough, with the last two miles being the toughest in a long time. With any luck I could have made it to Killington, but that does not happen due to the last afternoon climb. I ford four brooks and the water is frigid.
It’s another solid day and I arrive at the shelter at 7 PM. I’m the only one here. I have phone service, but I can’t get ahold of Linds.
I have only five miles to Killington in the morning.
Hundreds of cairns
I add a cairn to the collection before continuing up the trail.
View of Rutland Airport
Per usual for trail magic, but I’m even more surprised by it today. What a feeling to see and to enjoy unexpectedly.
Trail debris on a late afternoon climb