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

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Jul 26th, 2018
Start: Trimountain state park
End: Berlin Land Trust
Daily Distance: 20
Trip Distance: 46.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 234
Journal Visits: 8,274
Guestbook Views: 96
Guestbook Entrys: 1

New England National Scenic Trail Day 3

It pounded down rain for 11 hours overnight, only letting up around 5:30
am. I didn't sleep that well again due to the heat/humidity and loud rain.

I always like to find one decent blog to follow while I'm hiking to kinda
clue me in to what might be coming up. There aren't many options for this
trail and I've been using this guy Moose's journal which has some good
detail. I'll let him explain how the day was going over Beseck, Higby,
Chauncey and Lamentation mountains:

"The trail today was spectacular. Now I travel along the Metacommet
ridgeline till the end of the Holyoke range in MA. Following the trail here
is a constant climb over small hills that crest in red clay covered basalt
cliffs sparsely covered with grass, oaks, maples and pine. At the base were
stately country estates in the Yankee style. Over the day these
unfortunately gave way to suburban developments as I approached the 91/84
interstate corridor.....The rest of the day's hike was challenging. The
afternoon was hot, the roar of the roads was constant, and the cliffs rose
in crazy zigzags that the trail insisted following. 14 miles of westward
tacking only moved me a couple miles in a straight line. The terrain was
pretty, but the stony footing was brutal on the feet."

Maybe I'll just post this guys journal everyday! Basically the mountains
here are about 600' high and more like flat ridges. The trail follows the
rocky/cliffy edge to try and give views and it is typically relentless
little ups and downs. The views were all farmland, houses, rock quarries
and such and I'm OK with that, urban and not wilderness. What I don't like
is that I basically paralleled Interstate 91 all day just a couple miles to
the west and down below. Interstate noise carries a long way and being up
at 600' it's pretty noisy. I can also occasionally even hear people down
there. There was a shooting range where it looked like a police team was
going nuts with automatic weapons. It's too bad it was so noisy, otherwise
it was a pretty cool day.

The weather was pretty good although super humid and around mile 8 I
crossed a road and stopped at Guida's, a small restaurant. Had a good
burger, fries and a lot of sodas and then topped it off with one of their
famous 10" hot dogs with chili. It was really good. I tried to dry stuff
out with not much success in the mostly cloudy sky but 5 miles later I was
on a small road walk and the sun came out so in the middle of a fancy
neighborhood I took everything out to dry on the sidewalk. Take that rich
people! I topped off the hunger all day with some berries I'd never had
before. I ate enough that I decided I should check with my researcher at
home who told me they were invasive Wineberries. Invasive or not they were
pretty good.

Late in the day one storm came over and torrential downpour for 25 minutes
as I huddled under my umbrella and then continued up Lamentation mountain.
I pushed a small bit further than planned so I would drop off the east side
of the mountain and with the interstate on the west side it was much
quieter when I camped at the bottom. Of course I can hear someone mowing
somewhere but that's a very AT type thing. It seems like I'm in the middle
of nowhere camped yet someone has a lawn mower probably not really that far
away.

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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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