The post office is right there, so mail drops are pretty simple. They make copies, send and receive faxes, and provide notary service.

If you're nice, they'll give you Secret Directions to the Secret Picnic Area across the street on the banks of the rushing Pomfret Brook.

Teago General Store in South Pomfret, VT. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Teago General Store in South Pomfret, VT. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Teago General Store is open for conversation, food and free directions -- every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas -- from 6 AM to 6 PM during the warmer months and 7 AM to 6 PM the rest of the year.

As all thru-hikers know "Take care of your feet and they'll take care of you." Teago General Store is a good place to stock up on first aid supplies before you get to the White Mountains.

First aid supplies at Teago General Store ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

First aid supplies at Teago General Store ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Their website and Facebook page aren't exactly up to date, but if you call 802-457-1626, they'll politely answer the phone.

If the bright lights of the big city of Woodstock, Vermont, are calling you, you'll find that picture-perfect village about four miles south along pleasant roads.

The downtown area is inviting. It's especially inviting you to spend money. That's what towns are for, right?

There are loads of places to shop, browse and/or eat & drink. You'll find something to suit your taste and budget.

Woodstock has free wi-fi all over town. They call it "Wireless Woodstock."

Downtown Woodstock, Vermont ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Downtown Woodstock, Vermont ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

That's a nice gift to the 3,000 residents and the many thousands of visitors who enjoy this beautiful New England village.

The best buy in town is at Pizza Chef at 450 Woodstock Road, in my humble opinion.

Alex roasts the most delicious chicken imaginable. He was also one of the most genuinely friendly and helpful people we have ever met along the Trail.

It's no surprise that they also serve perky pizzas too. Call ahead at 802-457-1444 to have your meal ready for you when you arrive.

Click Here for Pizza Chef's Facebook Page

Alex's food smells so good that he doesn't mind having thru-hikers stop by for a meal. When they leave, the Trailers are good advertising for his sweet smelling treats.

Alex's roast chickens at Pizza Chef are delicious! ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Alex's roast chickens at Pizza Chef are delicious! ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

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Frank Teagle's Landing in Woodstock, VT ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Before you leave Woodstock, take a break at Teagle's Landing.

This oasis is directly across the street from the local post office. The Landing was reclaimed from litter, floods and neglect and preserved to honor Frank Teagle, a gentleman revered for his care and kindness to Woodstock.

As the sun sets in the west, we bid goodbye to Teago General Store, Teagle's Landing and Alex's sumptuous chicken and we had back to the Appalachian Trail and the trek to Mount Katahdin ... a mere 465 miles to the north.

Nobody in Woodstock will say, "Y'all come back now, y'hear?!"

You're invited to return nevertheless.

The library is across the street from Teagle's Landing in Woodstock, VT. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The library is across the street from Teagle's Landing in Woodstock, VT. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland