Hit the trail about 5:30AM. Said it was a super hard day. Lots of ups and downs. Needs to get used to the “real” mountain terrain again.
Trails were still very wet from the rain the night before. This makes for slippery footing.
Dilly Trail – steep up to Mt Wolf(3,478) from rte 112(especially at 5:30 in the morning). Nice views of Harrington Pond, up and over South(4,358) and North Kinsmen((4,293) over the “Cannon Balls” on the Kinsmen Ridge to the Fishin Jimmy trail to Lonesome Lake(beautiful lake up on the mountain where you may swim) then down to Lafayette Campground in Franconia notch and under rte 93 S on the bike path to the north side to the parking area at Liberty Springs trail head where I had arranged our car to be so he could get home.
He hiked part of the day w/Wiggy (Stick’s brother). They are both thru-hiking this year. Sticks is just a bit behind. They are both from England.
Ponytail hit the 1800 mile mark today. Can you believe he has walked 1,800 miles!!!! Super job!
Home by 3:30, quick shower and then off to see friends at the campground in Twin. Everyone was happy to see Ponytail or as everyone there calls him Smitty. Lots of hugs and congrats. All were in awe of his beard(usually nicely groomed) and everyone agreed he did look healthy even though he is really skinny.
There was diner at Leah’s (yummy pasta and meatballs (sorry Wayne you weren’t there), drinks and other food at Phil’s). Nice to see Katherine and Allison too. Our friends Ted & Laura’s daughters came up just to see him.
Our friend was there doing a tattoo party. Ponytail loves tattoos. He ended up getting a small one on his wrist. Looks good! Thanks Von Smink!!!
16.3 Miles today
1805.6 Miles to date
372.7 Miles left