Day 147 Mahoosuc Notch Tentsite to East B Hill Rd (18.4 miles) 1932.9 miles
Made good mileage today but it took a while. Hiked for 12 hours so I could get to a road to hitch into Andover, ME.
Mahoosuc Notch began almost as soon as I started shortly after 6AM. When God created the world, I think it got late on day 6 and he had a bunch of boulders left. This is where he got rid of them.
Terrain was pretty much like below for 1 mile. Up pile of boulders, down other side, repeat…again and again.
I don’t know if it was toughest mile of trail but I do know it wasn’t the most fun!
Had to take my pack off to crawl through a couple crevices like below.
The amount of rock climbing/mountaineering since the beginning of the Whites has surprised me. If you want to simulate at home put a chair and a table about 2 or 3 feet apart and a couple feet from a counter. Step on to chair, then table and then counter. Go back down. Keep repeating for an hour and a half. If you want a little more reality, water them down. Guaranteed to build thighs of steel.
Took another 2 hrs to go next 1.5 miles up Mahoosuc Arm.
After that it gradually became more like hiking. Was even able to move at 2+ miles per hour for a few stretches. That’s more my style.
Speck Pond below.
The lack of wildlife in VT, NH, and now ME is still quite eerie. Saw a grouse (I think) today. Biggest animal, other than a few turkeys, I’ve seen for a while.
Hoping to see a moose somewhere in ME. They say best odds are to be by pond at sunrise/sunset.
Staying at hostel tonight. I have private room with TV so happy camper.
Planning to meet Gang Grey, a bad ass motorcycle gang out of NJ., tomorrow. Actually a group of friends from Lake Hopatcong who are in ME on a bike trip. Meeting for lunch so will get a little extra rest which will be good after long day today.
Had to face the fact that I won’t finish Sept 7. Very difficult for me to admit won’t happen but it’s virtually mathematically impossible. Sucks but now shooting for Sept 9.