I woke up at 5:15 anticipating a spectacular sunrise, but we were covered up with low clouds and it was damp. I decided to get up quickly and pack just in case Bromley decided to test the lift that I was camped on! I used the early rising to go down the ski trails .3 miles to find a geocache.
I had breakfast with Mio and Jukebox. It was a slow morning. They all sat on the lift chair and chatted about hikers and equipment. I put on my pack and headed out at 8:15 behind some VT section hikers who are being trained to hike the AT. I passed some of them on the way down the back side of Bromley Mountain and passed the rest taking a break at Mad Tom Notch, USGS 21.
Then came a hard climb up to Styles Peak and over to Peru Peak. On the way up, I was passed by Tandem, Mio, and Jukebox who had his speaker playing. The top of the mountain was full of pine trees that reminded me of Christmas trees. I stopped at the Peru Peak shelter at 11:00 and had caught up with the Tandem trio. I decided to have lunch there, while they were going forward 4.7 miles to the Lost Pond shelter for lunch, and by the time that I reached Lost Pond shelter they had left. It started to sprinkle, so I hung out for 20 minutes while it passed. On the downhill I crossed a suspension bridge that looked recently built.
After climbing some more, I passed Little Rock Pond, where the camping is fee based. I walked along the pond and enjoyed the sun shining on the very clear water. There was a mountain on the other side of the pond, but we weren’t headed that way. I turned uphill and climbed and dropped toward the Greenwall shelter. Within five miles of the shelter I passed dozens of stacked rock formations, which was the intersection with the White Rocks trail to an overlook.
The Greenwall shelter is where we were camping. Tandem and I made dinner and joked with other hikers. We went to our sleeping quarters when it started to sprinkle. I told Tandem that the 21 mile day had been hard on me and that I would be doing shorter 15 mile days for the rest of our 517 miles. She accepted that but will not be staying with me.