Long Trail – Day 2
June 15, 2016
Congdon Shelter to Goddard Shelter
A previous law professor of mine said of the BAR exam that “it doesn’t measure how smart you are, it measures how bad you want to be a lawyer.” I feel that hiking or thru-hiking can be analogized similarly. It doesn’t measure how strong or quick you are, it measures how badly you want to finish.
Today I had planned to do 18 miles to Kid Gore Shelter, but I’m still finding my sea legs, so to speak. Speaking of that I found a great book at Congdon last night called Sailing Solo Around The World. It was a fascinating look at an expedition, but the nautical terminology was unfamiliar. Somewhat related I now have a trail name: Paperback. Gourmet (the ex military guy) found my bringing four books on the trail comical, and apropos for a new name.
As I write this I sit around a fire at Goddard. Another great night of great conversation. Met LBJAY and Dirty Don, two great Christian guys from Georgia, the first southerners I’ve met. As soon as I heard Dirty’s accent, I knew he was southern. We had a great conversation, and LBJAY enlivened the campfire with stories of Grizzlies in the Yellowstone and out west.
I hope to make it to Stratton Pond tomorrow, but won’t make a fuss if I don’t.
Total mileage is 14.4 miles.