NJ/NY Border Update

Unionville Travel Blog

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Jon has spent the past two nights in Unionville NY, courtesy of the former Mayor of the town. In fact, once he arrived to this particular juncture, he was told explicity to go to a local restaurant and ask for 'the Mayor.' To his surprise, it was literal! He went on a day hike today, dropped off 17 miles from town and hiked back for a spaghetti dinner with the hospitable and hiker-friendly figure. This area is a small cross-over section of the AT where New Jersey temporarily turns into New York. By tomorrow with a mere 14 mile hike scheduled, Jon will be done with NJ and well on his way into NY. The weather forecast for the week in the area is unpleasant, predicting constant rain, mid-50's temperatures and thunderstorm warnings. However, on the 7th, Jon will be retrieved from his location in the lower Hudson Valley and escorted back here to the capital district to rest, resupply, help his next hiking buddy (me!) pack, tell us stories, show off his two-tone tan lines and hopefully give many hugs to his fans at home. On the 10th, we'll begin near the Vermont border, skipping a small section of NY for the time being.
Jon has decided that his custom tent he designed and sewed himself at home is not quite doing the job he had intended for it. Though light-weight, durable and skillfully crafted, he says he has learned a lot in his time on trail about what kind of shelter he requires, in regard to the variety of camp site conditions he has and will continue to encounter. He will most likely invest in a new tent while home that is more versatile.

He's been out for one whole month! Congrats, Jon!
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