Day 162 – August 16 – 10.1 miles – Andover to Black Brooke Campsite
Elevation Change: 6736 feet
In the morning we got a ride back to town , and ate Breakfast at the Little Red Hen.
With bellies full of town food we got back on the trail.
With clear blue skies and temps in the high 60’s, it was a perfect day for hiking.
The day went pretty quickly. With “only” 6736 feet of elevation change it felt like an easy day.
Other than two tough climbs, and two small views, not much else happened. It was just a great day to be out in the woods.
At the end of the day, we set up camp next to the Black Brook. The brook was fairly wide and required stepping across boulders to cross it. On the far side of the river was a seldom used dirt road.
As we were lounging around camp, Dingo and Hitch, a couple from Australia, setup nearby. Stoat and I had been hearing their names for a while now, but somehow we never met them. We talked to them for a little bit, and it was interesting to hear their perspective on the trail now that they were almost done. They loved the trail, but Hitch was having severe back pain. Hitch was powering through the pain, but was looking forward to the day when he wouldn’t have to anymore.
We fell asleep to the relaxing sounds of the wind making its way through the trees, and the brook slowly making its way to the sea.