Ponytail says the day started out dry, sunny and breezy but before you know it, it became very sticky. PTD called about 8:30am and he was already having 2nd breakfast. It was a PB sandwich. He isn't diggit it, too plain, needs jelly.
9:35am his body was 1/2 in NJ and 1/2 in NY. So, 8 states down and 6 more to go.
He came across Prospect Rock - 1,433 ft - highest point in NY on the AT. Nice views of Greenwood Lake.
He came across Bellvale Creamery where he had several homemade birch beers and 2 chocolate shakes. Tasted great going down. But lesson learned. Don't drink shakes and soda all in one sitting. Belly not feeling so good.
As the day grew longer Ponytail kept thinking, how many more miles to get to cousin Sue's house on this hot sticky day and wondering when his belly would stop turning from all the ice cream and soda.
Around 2:30 he was coming down the trail to Lakes Rd when he came across a bear and 2 cubs. That was a nice sight to see froma distance.
It had been a tough day, hot and humid and Ponytail says he felt somewhat like he was back home hiking. Bigger mountains and rocks to scramble over. He said his 13 miles felt like he did 25. Must be because of the heat.
No cell service so he traveled a bit further so he could call cousin Sue. She lives about 5 minutes from the trail. Super! She was there and on her way to get him. Ponytail was spending the night there.
They were so excited to see each other. Haven't seen each other in several years. They got back to her house where Dave got to meet her boyfriend Ron(very nice). They all sat outside on the patio, talked and had beers.
Sue made them a nice dinner. Steaks on the grill, corn on the cob... and for dessert, brownies, hot sauce, whip cream, he says it was all wonderful.
Later they sat around and talked more and he even helped them put in their new AC. Then they got to sit in the house in the AC and chat before bed about tomorrows plans. Ponytail was very comfortable there.
Traveled 1,365.5 miles to date and 812.8 left to go