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Shamrock Village Inn, Dalton, MA

Mile 1,569.8
Elevation 1,132.0 feet
Miles Hiked 11.8

I woke up extra early this morning, because I wanted to get into Dalton early.  I had reserved a room at the Shamrock Village Inn, so I skipped breakfast, and I was on my way at 6:15 AM.  Fortunately, the trail was easy with only a few steep climbs of a short distance.  The Kay Woods Shelter (8.8 miles) was reached after 4 3/4 hours, which was a fast pace for me.  Dalton was another 3 miles away.   

Two pictures of a meadow on the trail 

I arrived at the Dalton trailhead just before noon.  There were a bunch of kids there holding a class on the Appalachian Trail.  The adult moderator asked me to stop and address the group, which I did.  I talked about the trail and what I had been doing.

After continuing on, it wasn't long before I came up to Tom Levardi's house.  Tom is a well known trail angel. He invited me on his porch for a soda, and we ended up talking about Italy where both sets of our ancestors are from.  The children I saw at the trailhead joined us as part of their instruction, which included talking with Tom.  I left after taking a picture and arrived at the motel at 12:15. 

After a shower, I caught an 85 cent bus ride to Walmart where I purchased provisions for the next week or so.

Dinner was at a nearby restaurant with other hikers, and afterwards I went to my room and called it a day.

The next day, June 16, was a zero day.  Besides doing wash, I pretty much did nothing for the entire day. 

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