Ponytail Dave and Sue started out hiking at 6:30am. Sue got to cross the 1400 mile mark w/PTD. They had nice rolling hills to go over. No wildlife to speak of except for birds and chipmunks.
They stopped and had a very very early lunch (about 8:30), some of us not ont he trail would call that breakfast. They also stopped at a stone watering house near one of the trail heads. The water was treated. PTD cameled up. They had crossed several small brooks and some very small streams. The streams were almost dried up. If this warm weather keeps up hikers behind him will have troubles w/water too.
Ron came to get Sue about 11:30 near Dennnytown Rd. She had hiked only 7 miles today w/PTD because she is in a 5K road race on Sunday and didn't want to push the limits today. PTD had a very nice time hiking and talking with Sue. Hopes that the next visit won't be years apart. Hopefully we can all meet up in August in Pittsburg, NH when PTD is done the trail.
He continued up and down some rolling hills, hemlock groves, a sunken mine shaft, steep rocky area 1/2 way up Denning Hill, pretty views of Canopus lake, Clear lake and Oscawana Lake...
Ponytail moved on and came to the RPH Shelter where there was a man offering to give him a ride to the grocery store to re-supply. Perfect! Then he won't need to stop again till he meets Phil in Salisbury, CT. This man had a beautiful new Lincoln Navigator. He let Ponytail put his smelly pack in it. Guess he owns a chain of drug stores and hopes to be able to thru-hike one day. He drives by this shelter often and helps out the hikers by giving them rides. Very nice man.
Ponytail got back on the trail and continued on till around 8ish. Then set camp up near Stormville,NY. He was so close to the interstate 84 that he could hear the big 18 wheelers whizzing by. He opted for his earplugs tonight so he could sleep.
A VERY SPECIAL NOTE:
Nancy in Goldvein. Thinking about you and hoping all goes well this upcoming week. Have faith!
Today he traveled - 25.3 miles
To date - 1,422.8 miles
left to go - 755.5