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Scott "Voyageur / Voyager" Piddington
City: Sanbornton
State: New Hampshire
Country: United States
Begins: Jul 13, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Jun 12th, 2011
Start: Sanbornton, NH
End: Lander, WY
Daily Distance: 1473.8
Trip Distance: 1,473.8
Min Elevation: 5329
Entry Lat: 42.83606
Entry Lng: -108.72857

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Entry Visits: 481
Journal Visits: 15,234
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Guestbook Entrys: 19

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Travel: NH to WY

By about 4:05 am all was ready. It wasa hot night in the mid 70s. After a shower with solar hot water from yesterday I began the final shutdown of sytems and appliances. Happily the newly installed solar array will continue to bank power on the grid all summer. The evacuated tubes for the domestic solar hot water collector got wrapped in a tarp to keep the system from over heating while I am not using any hot h2o.

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Traci showed up a bit before 5am and we were off to the bus station by 10 after. We arrived comfortably early. I got my ticket for the 6am to Logan Airport in Boston and we said our farewell.

The bus was fairly full but my pack managed a seat beside me. Despite traffic it arrived at Logan like clockwork at 8am. Checkin was painless though the TSA took some serious time scrutinizing the contents of my pack with the scanner. Not surprizing ly, they wanted to open it up. The guy was very congenial and said he was looking for some long sticks as he extricated my Crocs. I reached in ad slid the 3 piece bungied carbon fiber poles fron their familiar stowage. He took them to the scanner person and everyone was happy.

I am writing this on a 4.5 hour flight to Denver. From there it will be on to Rivertin Wyoming. That, followed by a bus or hitch to Lander where I will spend the night.

That's it for now.

Sent on the Continental Divide Trail from my Peek.

Now I am writing from the library in Lander, Wy. It's a nice place with plenty of PCs and no time limits! Woo hoo! The flights were just fine. I kept dozing off but then my head would try to fall of my neck and wake me up. Sure wish I could sleep sitting up like some folks. My dad was an expert! My layover in Denver was a relaxing hour and a half followed by an hour and a hal flight in a Beach 1900 twin propeller plane to Riverton. Waiting at the mini gate I over heard 3 guys in bussiness attire talking about the mountains an skiing in New Hampshire. I asked if theywere from NH. One guy had a cottage there. Then a younger guy in more casual garb said he was from NH. Well it turned out he was from Gorham, just north of Pinkham Notch up in the White Mountains. These are my stomping grounds. In fact I was up in Gorham just a week ago picking up signs from the US Forest Service to replace along the AT which goes right through Gorham. This guy, Dan, is headed for a one month NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) course in backpacking and rock climbing in the Wind River range during his junior senior high school summer.I told him there was probably no better way to spend that summer. Then another guy, Daton, spoke up. He is from Sandiego and just graduated form a local college there. He is attending a month long NOLS course on Rock climbing also in the Winds. We had a great time talking and we were all 3 just so excited.

The Beach 1900 is very loud. Each row has one seat on the right of the isle and another on the left side of the isle. Maybe it seats 20. My seat was 1-C wich put me on the staboard or right side in the first row with a wall directly ahead and no window beside me. I could look out the windo across the isle or lean way back and glimps out the window behind over the wing. The plaing was maybe 1/4 full and everybody else was several rows back. I thought that sitting near those guys would be fun to talk trail but I know the balance of the plane is important, besides, I couldn't even hear myself talk. The grerat thing about my seat was that I could watch the pilot and co and many of the controls and displays (dials). They were both busy tweeking things almost constantly. This was flying! It was fascinating. We climbed to 24,000 feet and cruised there for a while. Could see the altimeter, vertical speed indicator and the horizon thing. There was a cloud deck below us when we began our descent. We dove at 3,000 vertical feet per minute altheway down to about 8,000 feet to get through the weather quickly. To thik of loosing 100 feet every 2 seconds was increadible when compared to hiking. Mid boggling. It was a fun flight.

The NOLSies were catching a shuttle that was waiting for them. I tagged along for $ 35 and we got a chand to talk lots.

Mind you, I have been awake since 7am the previous day and it is now 3:30pm, 32.5 hours of wakefulness so far. The altitude in Riverton is about 5,450 feet acording the the plane altimeter (which I watched them manually correct from time to time). I have a mile headache but couldn't tell you if it was from the loud plane, the altitude or sleep deprivation. Still I am psyched but happy not to be hitching in the hot sun on the side of a road.

We got to lander and I headed into NOLS with these guys to see if I could get a bunk for $ 15. They were full up at the Noble, so I said bye. I considered a free night camping in the park but desided a good nights sleep was paramount so it was off to the post office to pick up my ice axe, micro spikes & mini Swis army knife, and then to the Holliday Lodge, a hiker friendly place popular with CDTers. They had a king room with windows that opened both front and back (I hate airconditioning) that they let me have for the rergular single price. My head was buzzing when I sprawled on the bed. By 6pm I was unconcious. The ascedasolomide, altitude sickness prevention medication, caused me to wake at 7 and 8pm to pee. Next time I woke was half past midinght for another run. Then I slept through till sometimg after 6am. Wow! I never sleep that long. That's what a 35 hour day, I mean 37 hour day with the time zone thing, and a little altitude can do. I felt great.






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