Days 181 to 191, Hanover, NH, to Great Barrington, MA, 226.4 Miles, 1,961.5 Miles Total

Well, the treachery and ruggedness of the northern portion of the trail is over. Now the relatively easy hiking in Vermont and southward has arrived. Moosilauke was the last big “hoorah” of the White Mountains, even though the White Mountain National Forest extends south of there. Southward has been back to the green tunnel, something I grew weary of in the south, but now welcome as cool weather, less bugs, relatively soft trails, and some changing colors usher in autumn.

Encounters with NOBOs are now rare, although one or two every now and then are still trying to make it before the middle of October. I had heard from Angry, whom I passed near Bennington, that Wooby and Kiba were nearby, but I unfortunately missed them. This couple goes back farther than anyone else, back to that group of eight that I hiked with in Georgia. Only Martin (now Pancake), myself and these two are left. Nice to know they made it this far!

The hike through the Berkshires has been blessed with great weather and pretty easy hiking. Campsites are for the taking, and I’ve found myself alone a few times now. Much has changed since those days in the south, when “tent city” would appear every night, and the shelters always filled.

Although I like the sanctuary of my tent, I’ve grown somewhat weary of camping, mostly because my legs don’t like it anymore. I’ve heard this complaint among several hikers that have been out here as long as I have, both young and old. Hip pain and not being able to get comfortable at night, shifting from one side to the other to avoid the pain. Hence my recent use of the Easy Button – if there’s a hostel, B&B or motel available, I’m there! Coming into town is also giving me a chance to see the rich history of Southern New England.

Three more states – here we go!

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Hiking in Vermont is Nice!
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I’ve Seen ‘Em All Now …
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Stratton Pond
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View from Stratton Peak
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Lookout Tower on Stratton Peak
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A Vermont Bog
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View From Camp Site
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Coffee and Rain Break at a Shelter
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Some History in Williamstown MA
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Williamstown from Greylock Ridge
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Bascom Lodge Atop Mount Greylock
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WWI Memorial on Mount Greylock Summit
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Sunset from Mount Greylock
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View Descending Mount Greylock
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In the Valley Bottom near Cheshire, MA

10 thoughts on “Days 181 to 191, Hanover, NH, to Great Barrington, MA, 226.4 Miles, 1,961.5 Miles Total”

  1. You’re not a “2000 miler” yet, let’s finish these last two weeks!
    Nice sunrises at Riga Lean-to, water at River Rd. (Conn.) should be a “gusher”, want to see people? – try Bear Mountain on a nice Saturday, love the deli’s in New York, and then enjoy those last few days in “Jersey”.
    With you!

  2. NICE views again!!

    Enjoy the cooler weather and the “easier” hiking!!!

    Not long now until the FINISH of an amazing trek, hike, accomplishment and journey!!

    Awesome!

    Dabe and Shari

  3. Come on! Come on! Come on! That’s it … you can do it. Just one more step … one more step … Perfect timing to come home as it’s almost hibernation season here. Aaahhhh……..

  4. Great job, Steve! What an journey. You look very relaxed with your coffee. Wishing you perfect hiking conditions and fellowship as you near the completion of this trek.

  5. You are amazing! I can barely get through a round of golf – and I work out.

    Wishing you good weather on your remaining states!

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