Long Trail, VERMONT -- I awoke on the morning of Day #2 to the familiar sound of an alarm. In a moment of complete confusion I almost forgot where I was for it was not my bed that I lay nor my alarm that chimed. At exactly 6:00 am our shelter-mates awoke to their pre-set watch alarm. I immediately sat upright on my sleeping pad but neither Jay nor Karen seemed to notice the strangely misplaced sound. Jay would later tell me that it wasn't the alarm that woke him but rather my stomach that began to churn and growl some 2-3 hours before. It may have been earlier than I would have wanted to get up but I hadn't slept more than 90 minutes at a time and I almost felt relieved that the morning had finally arrived. I think I saw every overnight hour on my watch. Each time I felt a limb go numb I would roll to my back or side and look at my watch...12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00. And apparently I make a lot of noise because both Karen and Jay commented that every time I changed positions they woke up as well.
With one day of morning routine to draw from we were just as slow at getting to it. I watched the end-to-enders once again move with curious coordination and precision as breaking down their sleeping set-ups seamlessly melded into getting breakfast cooked. We wished them well a little before 8:00 am as they continued on their way south. It took us another 30 minutes to finally set out for the last 11 miles of our trip.
|GoLite Comps in the mud.|
Sunrise shelter to Middlebury Gap (VT125)
11 miles (1977' elevation gained) in 5:39 minutes (moving time).