Rough and Tumble
Vermont's Long Trail 2003
Inn At Long Trail: Sherburne Pass
8/3/03 We reached VT 4 at 12:30pm and Tumble asked a lady dropping off some other hikers to give us a ride to the Inn at the Long Trail. We checked in, picked up our re-supply box, and hopped in the shower. We were exhausted and hungry. We were happy to see veggie burgers and salads on the menu and took our food, an iced Kalibur for Rough, and a lemonade for Tumble up to our room to escape the smoky bar. Refreshed, we took advantage of the laundry facilities on site and washed and dried our stinky clothes. We both had a sleepless night. Our second floor room overlooked the highway and the only window we could open faced the road. The inn is at the top of a hill and we were kept awake all night by semis shifting either up the hill or down. We closed the window to keep out the bugs and the noise, but the room fan failed to keep us cool as we sweltered in the steamy night. Immediately on arising we packed up our gear, requested another room on the backside of the inn, and moved there at once. After breakfast we took the Diamond Express bus into Rutland where we shopped at Wal-Mart for some vitamins and a new toothbrush for Tumble, at Price Chopper for some Gatorade mix, and at a natural food store for more arnica montana to replenish our Injure Gel and for some Califlora for Rough's bites. We ate lunch at Subway. We bought postcards at Eastman's and stamps at the PO before browsing a bookstore. We caught the bus back to the inn. Rough napped while Tumble worked on a jigsaw puzzle in the lobby. She would never work on a puzzle at home, but whenever we stay at inns she's drawn to the unfinished puzzles that seem part of every inn's décor. Rough picked out a paperback by John MacDonald and starting reading it. We ordered a light pasta salad from the bar and ate dinner in our room with a steady, hard rain continuing to fall outside.