Williamstown, MA, is a pretty little town but it is too spread out to be a great trail town. Anchored by Williamstown College, it has a vibrant coffee shop district (where I picked up my resupply package yesterday) but most of the motels are on the opposite end of town. Like most of the New England towns I have visited, however, there were flowers blooming everywhere when I walked through town yesterday.
It appears that I did the right thing by choosing to take a zero day today, because it has been raining off and on all day long. As is usually the case when I take a day off the trail, I have spent the majority of my time relaxing and working on my daily journals. The cell phone coverage here is pretty decent so I have been able to quickly upload many pictures.
When I was at the grocery store yesterday, I wish I had known I was going to take a zero today because I would have picked up more provisions. During a break in the rain, I walked across the street to a health food market and bought a tasty sandwich and some cookies. It was ridiculously priced but I’m sure it was certified organic, vegan, and gluten free without any GMOs. I also walked a couple hundred extra yards to a Cumberland Farms where I picked up some real food made by Little Debbie’s.
During the afternoon, Big Tom stopped by to say hello. He has moved to a motel down the road to be with some friends of his that are staying there. Big Tom is a really nice person and I wish I had the opportunity to hike with him sometime. But we did swap Facebook friend requests, so I will have to be content with that for now.
Tomorrow I will be back on the trail. I spoke with Max, the motel manager, about getting an early ride back to the trailhead and he agreed as long he could get back before the start of his 7:30 am “free” breakfast. That will work out perfectly for me, so I told him that I will be ready to go at seven.