12.6 miles (219.2 total)
This is to proclaim 3/27 as "Ralf Day." Last night and today, four thru-hikers became ill with vomiting and dry heaves. Weather Carrot, Mighty Wind, Steve & Ed. Nothing in common, so we figure it’s viral. The trail was OK at first, but the last five miles were either snow or a stream. The views were pretty good but I hate wet boots! Have been better at taking breaks and taking my time to get to the shelter. I wanted to stop at Peck’s Corner Shelter to practice the penny whistle but Steve was there (getting sick), so I pushed on. But my legs felt better in the afternoon.