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Brian (Buck-30)
Begins: Jul 24, 2018
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Jul 25th, 2018
Start: East River Preserve
End: Trimountain state park
Daily Distance: 20
Trip Distance: 26.0

Journal Stats
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Guestbook Entrys: 1

New England National Scenic Trail Day 2

In was unbearably hot and humid in my tent so I slept not so well, barely
able to touch my sleeping bag. Tired from a few days off I didn't get
started till about 8. I have to say the trail was exceptionally well marked
and maintained all day. Plus it was single track trail pretty much all day.
Nothing uber exciting, just forest with basically no views but hey, I'll
take good trail any day. Plus the bugs were minimal. A few mosquitoes and
flies but nothing like Wisconsin. I tried putting on DEET once but it was
insanely humid and I pretty much just sweated it off within 10 minutes. The
forecast was 90% rain and it did that I guess. With the temps being around
75 the rain really doesn't bother me much. It's the humidity that's the
killer. I was wetter from sweat than rain and I could have jumped in a pool
and not gotten any wetter. It didn't even really rain all that much. The
thick tree canopy blocked the light rain and only later in the day did I
get a couple downpours where I used the umbrella.

The trail did climb some cliffs/mountains off and on and it kept leading me
out to the edge except there was still almost never a view due to the
trees. Only around Bluff Head did they clear back some trees for a view and
then it was just some farmland and other green ridges. Just before that I
got fooled into a reroute than added like 3/4 of a mile. Bastards! It's a
permanent reroute to climb up to the mountain more gently but I should have
just taken the old trail that was steeper and quicker.

Mid afternoon I hit a convenience store with a deli. I forgot how great the
Northeast deli's are. It was closed but the owners made me a big hero
anyway and I love that tightly wrapped sub that weighs like 2 pounds. I
relaxed for a bit and found a replacement for HEET that I believe is also
methanol. We'll see tomorrow when I try and cook dinner.

I don't understand this map quote of only 30 miles of public land in
Connecticut. I was on state and local land pretty much all day. It was
actually quite impressive. I never saw a single private property sign and
occasionally there was a trailhead billboard noting the public forest I was
going into. Some or most of them didn't allow camping but all of them were
public. Not really sure what the deal is. Connecticut is about 110 miles
and so far it's all seemingly public land.

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New England National Scenic Trail

The New England National Scenic Trail (NET) is a 215-mile hiking trail route that has been in existence for over half a century. The NET travels through 41 communities in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and is comprised primarily of the historic Mattabesett, Metacomet, and Monadnock (M-M-M) Trail systems. Learn more: www.newenglandtrail.org

 

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