Fifty -first day W 8/26/20

START:¬† West Branch Ponds Rd.¬† 5 am FINISH: Pollywog Stream¬† 7:45 pm 37.3 miles¬† ¬† ¬† 14:45¬† ¬† ¬†2.5 mph 2,171.1 total miles¬† ¬†42.8 mpd Great weather – breezy, blue sky, cool temps Mercury heads off into the ‘Plain of Reflection’ – a relatively flat section of trail before Katahdin. She glides at a goodContinue reading “Fifty -first day W 8/26/20”

Fiftieth day T 8/25/20

START:¬† ME Rt. 15¬† ¬† ¬†2 am FINISH: West Branch Ponds Rd. (Logan Brook Rd.)¬† ¬†11:50 pm 44.7 miles¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†21:50¬† ¬† ¬† 2.0 mph 2,133.8 total miles¬† 42.8 mpd average Misty, moist pre-morning; torrential thunderstorm mid-morning; clear in afternoon and evening What a way to celebrate one’s 35th birthday! Another ‘statement’ day fromContinue reading “Fiftieth day T 8/25/20”

Seventh week recap of Mercury’s AT Transit

#43¬† T¬† 8/18¬† ¬† 26.0 miles¬† ¬†Pinkham Notch¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†4:12am-6:27pm¬† ¬†14:15¬† ¬†1.8 mph #44¬† W 8/19¬† ¬†21.9 miles¬† ¬†Hogan Rd.¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†7:02am-6:59pm¬† ¬† 9:57¬† ¬† 2.2 mph #45¬† R¬† 8/20¬† ¬†30.3 miles¬† ¬†Grafton Notch¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†3am-6:30pm¬† ¬†Continue reading “Seventh week recap of Mercury’s AT Transit”

Sixth week of Mercury’s AT Transit

#36¬† T¬† 8/11¬† 44.1 miles¬† ¬† Stratton-Arlington Rd.¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†4:02am-10:35pm¬† ¬† 18:33¬† ¬†2.4 mph #37¬† W 8/12¬† 43.6 miles¬† ¬†VT Rt. 140¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†4:02am-9:30pm¬† ¬† ¬† 17:28¬† ¬† 2.5 mph #38¬† R¬† 8/13¬† ¬†47.7 miles¬† VTContinue reading “Sixth week of Mercury’s AT Transit”

Forty-eighth day Su 8/23/20

START:¬† Stratton Brook Pond Road¬† ¬†4:02am FINISH:¬† ¬†Boise Rd.¬† ¬† ¬†10:15pm 41.5 mileby s¬† ¬† ¬† 18:13¬† ¬† ¬†2.3 mph 2,057.7 total miles¬† ¬† 42.9 mpd Unexpected good weather Mercury finished the last of the last of the ‘227-mile roughest, toughest section’ of the AT before noon and now has 146 miles left with fewerContinue reading “Forty-eighth day Su 8/23/20”

Forty-seventh day S 8/22/20

START:¬† Rt. 4¬† ¬†4 am FINISH: Stratton Brook Pond Rd.¬† ¬†7:15pm 33 miles¬† ¬† ¬† 15:15¬† ¬† ¬† 2.2 mpd 2,016.2 total miles¬† ¬† ¬†42.9 mpd Nice weather – wet trail conditions in the¬† morning Another good day for Mercury.¬† A welcome 15+ hour day at the office following yesterday’s 20+ hour work day. NiceContinue reading “Forty-seventh day S 8/22/20”

Forty-fifth day R 8/20/20

START:¬† ¬† Hogan Road¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†3 am FINISH:¬† Grafton Notch¬† ME26¬† ¬† ¬†6:30pm 30.3 miles¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†15:30¬† ¬† 2.0 mph 1,936.4¬† total miles¬† ¬† ¬† 43¬† mpd Excellent weather Mercury got an early start and strode off into the rugged Mahoosucs,¬† which are probably the roughest trail section (over 30 miles) on theContinue reading “Forty-fifth day R 8/20/20”