Day 4 started with the grassy walk down the Lake Francis trail. Most of this is above the river and the lake so just a pretty forest walk. It does dip down near shore for a bit.
This brook is near the end. Good spot to fill up for the road ahead.
Cedar Stream led to the Deadwater Loop road which led to the Deadwater trail.
A few ATVs to dodge but the beat up trail was easier on the feet than the road. It would have been a better day if I had known the sign for the shortcut to Rudy’s was gone. I walked almost all the way to Grandview before having to turn back.
Oddly enough a hot shower and a big bag of dinner seemed to solve most of my problems.
Camping in the Fairy Garden might have something to do with that too heh. Many more pics but upload is slow so this will have to do.
Don’t think I will have signal tomorrow and definitely won’t after that. We’ll have to see what pops out on the other side.
Day three’s excitement started around 1am. Thankfully I woke up to notice the fireworks going off to the north in Canada. Amazing lighting show too far to hear at first, then getting closer. I got up, put the tarp up fast and took a quick nap before the rain hit.
It kept raining til 7am and then spit a little. I waited a while to let the trail dry out so got a very late start.
Despite the wet trail I made quick work of the Round Pond trail and was soon on top of Covell Mtn enjoying the view. I usually stop there for a break but I had just stopped at Conversation Rock for a long one.
Finished the hard work and was rewarded with the view from Prospect Mtn. Then I walked down to Young’s Store and was rewarded with a cheesesteak heh.
I always stop at this bridge on my way to Lake Francis so I can see the fly fishing derby. There are always a lot of folks working this spot.
Now I have had my bag of lasagna and am laying in my hammock listening to loons and sometimes an owl. Tomorrow the weather is supposed to give me a break and I am happy for that. This has been a really tough start to the hike. It has been a struggle to keep it together but hey…loons!
It stayed in the 70s all night. Dawn was a pretty pink yet slightly terrifying since I knew what was coming heh. 80s in the morning 80s in the afternoon. Thankfully it is down to 73 now at 8pm.
I got an early start tearing through the Black Cats and the R&J Chaput trails to reach the Second Connecticut dam by 930. After a cheese and sausage break I was ready for the Falls in the River trail.
I don’t see any more pictures in the camera so you’re going to have to wait for the video to see the rest of the day. It wasn’t pretty heh. Well the day was ok but I got pretty ugly. After loading up with water at Coon Brook it took all I had to climb up to the highway and down to Tillotson Hut.
I tried sleeping inside but gave up and put the hammock up. Way too hot in there. Might have to find a snack before bed as tummy seems to be done with dinner and breakfast is a long way off. Only day two and The Hunger is upon me.
Time to load up the sausage and pack the cheese! The mighty Cohos Trail in northern New Hampshire is in fine condition from early reports. If the water holds out I might even keep hiking past Stark this year. Of course I might not too heh.
Not sure how much I will be able to post from the trail. There are definitely some areas where I won’t have a phone signal so don’t worry if I don’t post for a few days in spots. When I can I’ll share some of the beauty to be found out there.