Vermont Long Trail: Section 4

Section 4: 223.5-Vt Rte 15/Valley of the Lamoille River to 272.7-Journey’s End/Northern Terminus

This fall has been brutal (not as brutal as the Long Trail) so I want to apologize for being so delinquent in my posting. Hurricane Harvey really did a number on the school year, combined with adding a class that I’ve never taught before and my roommates/landlords moving to Peru and taking the best dog in the world with them, it’s been a doozy. I will endeavor to post more regularly in the future, now that we have a couple of breaks coming up it should be manageable.

So here it is, the last section of the Vermont Trail. My double knee brace section.

 

Trail Day 17 (July 10): Vt Rte 15/Valley of the Lamoille River to Spruce Ledge Shelter (18 m)

Day 18

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Looking out over the Lamoille River valley. The first ascent coming up from Route 15. Look at the cute little clouds in front of the mountain!
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Another unanticipated danger of the trail….sap lines across the trail! They were about 5.5 feet off the ground, so at 5’5 3/4″ I was safe but I was concerned about my 5’7″ mother coming through later and she did report them to be very frustrating.

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This was just the most gorgeous day on the trail thus far.
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The tiniest red eft!

Trail Day 18 (July 11): Spruce Ledge Shelter to Hazen’s Notch Camp (14.1 m)

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Another instance of the trail experimenting with the new identity of river.
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The same windmills that I could see on the drive home from Rt 15
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And the last shelter. What a crazy sign to finally see.

Trail Day 19 (July 12): Hazen’s Notch Camp to Journey’s End (17.1 m +1.3 out)

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Got up real early for my last day and got to enjoy the very early morning light.
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This is just ridiculous. If you ever do this section and you’re going northbound just keep walking past this weird rock, there’s a better view of Jay Peak on the trail up ahead.
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See?
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Somebody got sick of naming things.
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Look at this crazy cloud! The weather was completely different on the two sides of Jay.
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Glamour shot with the double knee brace.
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And got the picture of the crazy building. The restaurant was not open.
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Nothing like hiking 260.2 miles to get to the top of a mountain and seeing people ride a gondola up.
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The most special chair.
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The most beautiful flowers, on the ski trail at Jay.
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3 miles from the end. This is the same road I would drive out on when I finished. At this moment I was excited. 10 minutes later I was nostalgic and sad, thinking about how much I was going to miss the trail. 30 minutes after that I was convinced that I was never going to finish and Canada was a lie and I was cussing out the roots and the rocks. It’s like when they say the last .2 miles of a marathon are the hardest. The last 1.5 miles of the Long Trail NEVER END.
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But they do end!
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It’s Canada! Much better view than I was expecting. I love the long clear cut at the border.

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And I did it! And then it was just another 1.5 miles to the car. I drove straight home, almost a 3 hour drive, holding my kneecap in place the whole time. When I tried to get out of the car I fell over my legs had seized up so badly. So let this be a lesson, when you hike 18.5 miles and then sit in a car for 3 hours….stretch in between.

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