The younger hikers would pass me later, but for much of the morning I felt I had the trail all to myself.
I set out unsure if I would catch up to Tengo and Stick. I hoped that would happen, though. We were planning to get our resupply dropped off tomorrow, so I needed to stay close to make sure we could coordinate the pickup time.
Tengo and Stick were less than two-tenths of a mile ahead of me. They didn’t reach Long Pond Stream Lean-to either, but I didn’t know this when I stopped last night and didn't learn it until the end of the day.