The A.T. runs right in front of Tom Lavardi's house in Dalton, MA, and he absolutely blew us away with his over-the-top generosity and hospitality. We walked into Dalton late afternoon on July 4th, and were greeted and offered a shower, laundry, a place to sleep, and dinner. Wow! The truely amazing part is that he not only opened his home to us, but to 13 thru-hikers in all that evening. It was a 4th of July picnic we will never forget. Thanks so much Tom. You are a legend.