The day started out around 6 AM, too light to sleep any longer, though I was looking at just a 7.9 mile day into Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Time for the classic “hiker-in-town” day (resupply food, shower, laundry, maybe some computer time, a bit of relaxing…).
There was a nice downhill average to those miles, and as I walked along, I thought about hown nice it was to hike downhill, with a light pack (almost no food left, and just a liter of water instead of the normal two). I decided to enjoy that, rather than thinking about hiking uphill out of town tomorrow, with a 3-day food supply and 2 liters of water. Try as I might, you see, I’m still working on trying to live in the moment!
There was a refreshing bit of trail magic left for the hikers, and welcome it was as today was hot and humid by 9 AM. I got to the road about 10:50, and a few minutes later had a ride to the motel where I had booked a room. As I was a bit early for normal check-in, while waiting for my room to be readied, I went across the street to Friendly’s and had an early lunch.
Then it was time for the routine to begin – SHOWER NEXT! Then laundry, then inventorying the food supply and figuring out how long until my next drop or shopping after this one, then shopping (buying also 1/2 pound of potato salad and a roast beef sub for a second lunch), then off to the computer. My hotel doesn’t have a computer for guest use, but the Comfort Inn, just next door (same owner) DOES, and I conveniently assumed the same policy applies to computer use as for laundry (they gave me the okay to come over here for laundry, so here I am at Comfort Inn’s computer). I’ll cut this short, wishing I had time for more about the actual hiking and what it’s like to hike alone for a week or so, but I’ll hold off until another time. It’s time to go enjoy a couple hours in the town!