8/11 Bear Mountain Tower (14.3)

September 8, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Trailmagic with Killer and Hagrid, Meteor shower with Voice, Toymaker breakfast, 1500 mi

It’s been a while now since we’ve had a big climb with a big reward; it may sound strange that the flatlands are making us lose our motivation, when we have the constant motivators of seeing 15 to 20 miles a day fly by on the easy grades, but we have had a hard time focusing on why we’re out here when we pass towns and roads each day, fall asleep to the sound of cars or trains, and see the familiar yet intimidating shapes of mountains we have yet to ascend stretching in front of us. Without those sleeping giants and panoramic views making us feel that we are doing something larger than life, we’ve been dispirited.  But today, the fog on our dispositions began to ebb significantly. 

We woke up at Toymakers Cafe and had a fantastic breakfast there.  We also discovered it was a big biker hotspot, and we hiked off amidst a friendly goodbye from dozens of motorcyclists in full leather.

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The day was clear and perfect for hiking, and we had a lot of motivation today since Killer’s family was doing trail magic at one of the road crossings.

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We met up with Kitchen Sink, Hagrid, and Killer and ate lots of good food with good people before we started up the ascent to Connecticut’s own Bear Mountain.

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On the way up Bear Mountain, we crossed the 1500 mile marker!! Less than 700 miles left now – the end feels within reach.  Some day hikers came across the Voice and I dancing at the 1500 mile mark and seemed less than impressed with our moves, but we struggled onward nevertheless with the self-awareness that we were pretty great.

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The sunset from Bear Mountain was amazing, with a 360 degree view of the sky from the ‘observation tower’ or ‘pile of rocks’.  We stealth camped at the top to see the meteor showers and spent hours on the rocks in our sleeping bags while the Voice, who used to work at a planetarium, gave us an amazing speech on the stars and their history.  As he pointed out the various constellations, meteors shot through our line of vision, reinstating our love of this summer experience.

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