START: Kinsman Notch, NH
FINISH: Inn at the Long Trail, VT
DISTANCE: 98.9 miles (159.1 km)
DAILY AVERAGE: 24.7 miles (39.7 km)
TOTAL DISTANCE: 487.9 miles (785 km)
The Moose & the Witch’s Titty: The Whites were not about to let me depart without one final ass kicking for good measure. The location was Mt. Moosilauke, the means of execution were white out conditions, high winds and summit temps that were ‘colder than a witch’s titty’ (i.e. in the low teens). Maybe it was just my imagination, but I could have sworn I heard Mother Nature repeatedly whispering , “Who’s ya Daddy?!”…………To which I eventually replied through chattering teeth, “you are ma’am, you are (bitch)”……..”Don’t think I didnt hear that (even bigger gust of wind)!”
Hillbilly Hiker: The past two weeks have been tough. A mild concussion, a hurricane, a sprained ankle and an increasingly bothersome tooth (hemorrhoids just around the corner?). In regards to the latter malady, by the time I had reached Rutland I had no choice but to have it examined. To cut a long story short, it needed to be extracted due to a severe infection, which likely resulted from long lingering bacteria which may have entered the area during a root canal procedure I had done some years ago. So there it is; another tooth lost to go with the crown that fell out last August on the GDT. Fortunately I have never counted vanity amongst the myriad of character flaws with which I am endowed. Indeed, with my new look I am already starting to check online for potential property purchases in Tennessee and the Carolinas. Who knows I may even have a new career path as a poster boy for Pabst Blue Ribbon, Miller High Life or even Natty Ice.