Posted By auntie on August 1, 2015
7.69 miles; coventry and west greenwich, ri
the weather this past week has been just AWFUL for hiking—hot, humid, and very buggy. but we (the providence county hiking club) persevered, and have now officially passed the halfway mark on the north-south trail.
i know i posted this photo a month ago, but this time it’s legit. we all posed for pictures with it—all 4 of us.
but not to get ahead of myself, we started very early this morning at place farm on the plainfield pike in coventry. you can tell from the long shadows. we were trying to beat the heat, and succeeded for the most part. in fact, this first little section through place farm was actually a bit chilly.
it wasn’t long before we were following along the banks of the moosup river.
the highlight of this section is spencer rocks, a small cascade along the moosup. small, as in not high, but it’s pretty big in terms of how wide and long it is. except today it was fairly unimpressive. according to the us drought monitor website, this part of rhode island is still in the “abnormally dry” to “moderate drought” category, which you can tell from how low the water in the river was. you could have literally walked across the river on the rocks, not a normal thing for this spot.
another harbinger of the coming winter, the joe pye weed is in bloom.
we all thought this sign, set just below the north-south trail signature blue blaze, was kind of amusing. i mean, if you think about it, the north-south trail ends at the ocean, making it a pretty convincingly dead end.
speaking of dead, it’s kind of hard to see in this photo, but that’s a plastic foot under the rock. yes, a life-sized plastic foot. don’t ask me, i just take the pictures.
it was just past the “crime scene” that we passed the halfway point. the rest of the hike was fairly boring… gravel roads through the nicholas farm management area, and then hazard road, which turned into a paved road in west greenwich. oh, and we passed this spot, which i found from another direction entirely last week.