The morning wasn't as chilly as I expected it to be considering the storm last night. It rained off and on throughout the night with gusts of wind that blew right into the shelter; with the wind the temperature was probably 45-50...we're not used to that! We were all bundled up but stayed warm packed tight inside. I didn't sleep very well though and got up a little before seven. Lots of clouds and fog but the sun broke through. We didn't get a view from Glastonbury Mountain but I climbed the fire tower anyway. After that climb the trail today was mostly downhill but so, so muddy from all the rain. A few times I thought my shoe was going to get sucked into the mud when I took a step! A few close calls today but thankfully no falls. We stopped at Story Spring Shelter for lunch along with Radio, Strawberry and his dog Kiwi, Firestarter, Rainbow, and Natty. We came to Black Brook a few miles later and saw a beautiful campsite right by the water...looks like a good place to stop for the day! So we did. We'll have a big 19.5-mile day tomorrow into Manchester Center but the trail profile looks pretty good after we get up and over 3936-foot Stratton Mountain!
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