Day 126 – NH

Lincoln NH to Garfield shelter – 10.3 miles
1822.5 / 362.8

I had to go to the post office today, which was another reason I zeroed yesterday. I got there at 8:45 am and they had been open since 8. I got my package and pushed out of town. I had to hitch 5.3 miles to the trail, all on a highway. I thought someone would offer me a ride in town but I was wrong. I got on the rt 93 on ramp that said no pedestrians and walked 2 miles down the highway. I’m pretty sure hitch hiking on highways is illegal but I have it the old college try.

Well eventually I made it 3 miles down a highway to where rt 3 connected. I got a ride at that point! Noice! Now I could begin the day at 10 am. It was already miserably hot and humid. But I made my way up the liberty springs trail to the Franconia ridge trail. 3 miles 3000 ft. I was ok with it because I knew Franconia ridge is all above tree line and is absolutely beautiful. I was soaked in sweat and the drop in temperature suddenly made me very cold. I made it up little haystack and was just in awe at the views. We are all incredibly lucky to be on the trail.

I climbed up Lincoln and then Lafayette, where I eventually had lunch around 2 pm. You could see 360 degrees of terrain that looks like it’s from Lord of the Rings. I sat down and talked to some section hikers and the girls made it up to chat too. The clouds were whipping past, and one dark one wandered over and it started to rain. My lunch was over.

The next 3.5 miles took far too long and it rained off and on. Enough to make the slippery rocks deadly. Got to the shelter right after it rained and set up for an early night in bed.

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About shwayze23jbj
Live for the outdoors

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