I woke to a crisp, cold morning. It was the coldest I think I have experienced so far. One of the nice things about having a shelter to yourself is when you have to wake up at 5:30 am, you don't have to worry about accidentally waking anyone else up.
A half mile from the shelter there was a lookout tower, that was open and you could go all the way to the top. While I was walking up to the top of the tower, I realized that I was going to run into a problem on Sunday. When I picked up my shoes in Cheshire, I was expecting to pickup two packages, one with my shoes and another with a replacement water purification filter. Since my UV light purifier had stopped working the day Plant left, and I have running on back up Katadin tablets. I had forwarded the second package that had been delayed and I left forwarding instructions at the post office, so they could sent it to Manchester Center, I was going to be passing by there 3 days from Cheshire. I did this all on a Thursday, not realizing what day it was going to be, it was going to be a Sunday. And guess what is closed on Sundays - the post office. I took a short break to figure out what I was going to do.
The day was uneventful, except for at some point I think I twisted my left ankle. I only noticed it after I took a short break to fill up water around 2 pm. I am a few miles outside of Manchester Center and will see what I can do about it tomorrow in town.
I got to the shelter about 7 pm, the shelter was one of the cooler ones I have stayed in. It had a heater, and windows as well as a sliding door. There were 4 others staying in the shelter, 2 sobo and 1 nobo (not including my self) and one weekend warrior. Me and one of the sobo hikers named Jeff got talking about BBQ and the different styles of it, even though we had both eaten, we did not have a problem imaging the food.
Goddard Shelter to Spruce Peak Shelter
Location: Latitude: 43.17887, Longitude: -72.99521