June 15...Chittendon to Rome, 37 miles
Last night, I camped behind the VFW building, trying to get relief from the high winds that, while riding were tailwinds. I can report that in this small town, no wild parties occurred at the local VFW on a Friday night.
The trail today was especially beautiful with flowers in bloom, integrating with the intense green undergrowth and towering trees, along the single track. I shared the trail with snakes and more turtles than I have ever seen at one time. I wish I could show you the photos! They seem to come onto the trail and maybe to lay eggs? The largest one about the size of a dinner plate with strings of green algae streaming off its back, looked as if it was dead. It didn't pull in its head, maybe enjoying trying to stare me down.
I crossed paths with other travelers, mostly going the other direction. As I assume thru hikers do, we traded information about hazards, navigation, and where they were going.
Tomorrow, I am camping at Lock 15!