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

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Aug 6th, 2018
Start: Richards Reservoir
End: Quarry Brook
Daily Distance: 22
Trip Distance: 223.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 173
Journal Visits: 8,052
Guestbook Views: 93
Guestbook Entrys: 1

New England National Scenic Trail Day 14

We were walking by 7 and had 7 bumpy miles to the New Hampshire border and
the official end of the New England National Scenic Trail. There wasn't
much of a sign but I took a selfie with what there was. It was this cool
area on Tully creek with lots of moss covered rocks jumbled together and a
nice cool creek that gave a nice little temperature break. This series of
"M+M" trails that I've been following since day 1 and were strung together
to form the NET in 2009 actually continues another 20 miles to the top of
Mt. Monadnock. At 3,300' it sits by itself and while doesn't seem that high
is the tallest thing anywhere close so it looks amazing. I'm not really
sure why the NET wouldn't continue on to the top. I'm assuming for some
reason New Hampshire didn't want the trail in their state. I decided early
on the I would hike the extra 20 miles on finish on the mountain.

So we continued on a network of trail and old roads. Initially the trail
and blazing was a little worse than usual but it got better as we went and
we had a very nice day walking through the 92 degree heat and humidity. We
went over Little Monadnock at 1,800' and then down to the little town of
Troy. It appeared the only thing near the trail was a Thai restaurant which
normally would be great but kinda felt like a bad idea when all hot, sweaty
and smelly. Luckily a brand new little grocery with a deli and pizza opened
up right next door so we sat there for 90 minutes and relaxed. Then it was
another hour or so up Gap Mountain which had great views and down to some
camping on the other side. Another very quiet camp spot, yay!

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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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