26th Annual N-S Trail Trek, Leg 5

Posted By on May 5, 2018

26th Annual N-S Trail Trek, Leg 5

13.4 miles; Foster and Gloucester, RI and Killingly, CT

After the 17-mile leg, then the “easy-peasy” 10.1 miler, this didn’t seem as if it would be very difficult at all. Well, a 13-mile hike is still a long-assed hike, and I haven’t been spending hardly any time hiking recently. Long story short, I was really dragging by the end. No way will I go another 2 weeks without hiking! Ever! [Editor’s Note: This opening blurb proved to be an empty promise, again, due to family issues and yard work, but the the intention was pure…]

Spring Violets

Spring Violets and Bluets

I will admit I spent most of this walk in conversation with my new-found friends Mel and Bob, and so the photos are sparse. I’m also afraid I slowed them down, as I was inching along at my usual slow pace, and they’re not used to going this slowly. Apologies, Mel and Bob!

You Never Know

You Never Know

And yeah, you never know what you’ll see on the trail. This is especially creepy.

Prettiest Spot

Prettiest Spot

This is Beaver Meadow, and I think, with the possible exception of the next leg’s Richardson Pond in the George Washington Management Area (see note, below), it’s the prettiest spot on the trail.

Like I Said...

Like I Said…

Um, yeah, you just never know what you’ll see.

You can find out more about the North-South trail from this rather old and slightly link-rotty website called HTML Outdoors Planet. Also check out the great map collection available from the AMC Narragansett Chapter. There is also some very good info on “The Trek” website. As always, click the image above for details about this hike and to download the gps track.

[Final Editor’s Note: I never did complete the entire 26th Annual Trek, as the final leg was on a very rainy day, and considering how rocky and uneven the footing can be in this leg, I decided that the better part of valor was to save my bones for another year.]

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