Today was a “zero mile” day, in hiking terms. Eileen drove up yesterday and picked us up in the late afternoon after a very challenging day of hiking, partially in a Vermont thunderstorm. We were a mess. I needed a day off the trail to rest and to change out my big pack for a small one, and Ted and I both welcomed the chance for a shower and a visit to the laundromat to wash our wet and muddy clothes and sleeping bags. We had a great high-calorie dinner last night in Bennington, spent the night at The Catamount Motel (where we reconnected with some hikers we met on the trail), enjoyed a hearty breakfast, and revisited our gear today. Going forward Ted will carry the majority of our gear and I will have a smaller daypack with lighter-weight items. We are hoping this change will prevent falls and enable us to move a bit faster. We highly recommend The Mountain Goat shop in Manchester Center — Lisa and her colleagues helped us with a new larger backpack that Ted will use (and will be available to other hiking partners over the next few weeks). Looking forward to getting back on the trail bright and early tomorrow!