Zero No More-Race to the Notch

31 July 2017


AT NOBO Miles – 454 miles
AT SOBO Miles – 256.9 miles
AT Total Miles – 710.9 miles
% Complete – 32.4%
Today’s Miles – 10.1 miles
Time – 5.33 hrs
Speed –  1.89 mph

Start: South Arm Rd – Andover
Stop: East B Hill Rd


Zeroing in Andover has quickly came to a halt. It was a 12 mile day into town and an afternoon start for 10 miles out of town.  I do NOT consider 10 or 12 miles to be my NERO.  Nero stands for Near Zero Miles…like 4 or 5 miles.

After looking at the weather forecast, I need to get a move on it to make the Mahoosuc Notch before the rain arrives later this week.  So the NEW plan is….


I chose Option 3

I leave today at noon and hike as long and far as I can!  I’m hoping to get between 10 and 13 before calling it done.  But…I’ll take any miles that’s toward the Notch.

Tomorrow, I’ll try to make Speck Pond which is  right before the Notch.  Followed up with the Notch on Wednesday.  If all goes as planned, I’ll miss any bad weather in the tough parts of the trail.

Now…it’s time to relax and wait for my noon shuttle.  The UP as soon as I get back on the trail is a real tough UP.  So, a 10-13 mile afternoon is very aggressive.  Wish me luck!

After The HIKE

We made it to East B Hill Rd.  A whopping 10.1 miles on my REST DAY!   However, I am on a…

“Race to The Notch”

Why you may ask, well let me tell you.  The weather forecasts look bleak with rain by Thursday and running into the weekend.

We hoofed it some hard fast miles from South Arm Rd to East B Hill Rd.  At 5 hours and 20 minutes, we didn’t have?much time to spare.  With such a late start at 1230, I knew there was a possibility of getting to camp around dark.

I wanted to get 10 miles in, but was hoping to go 13 and make it to the shelter.  Since it was getting late, I stopped near the stream and road.  I then did my chores and ate — a little later than the normal 5pm chow time.

Immediately after I jumped into my tent, the Thunder started up in the distance.  I hope the rain is in another hollow and doesn’t drop on me tonight.  I don’t want a wet tent tomorrow.

Also, I’m hoping tge weather hasn’t shifted left for an earlier arrival at The Notch.

Anyhow…tomorrow it’s 15 miles to the Speck Pond Lean-to which is right before the Mahoosuc Notch.  Then it’s shooting the Mahoosuc Arm and Notch on Wednesday quickly followed by a run to the Maine – New Hampshire border.

I like the beauty of Maine, but you can keep these trails!  It’s like they let a Mountain Goat head up the mountain and that’s where they designated the AT.  They didn’t clean it up or nothing.  It’s been TOUGH in Msine.  Much harder than I ever imagined.

Again…praying for NO Rain!

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