Well now! It’s been a while since our last post, but this one has to be short due to time constraints.
We toured through the rest of VT in about three days after Newport, and finished some difficult upstream battles with a nice cruise DOWN the Connecticut. That left us in New Hampshire, and with two or three wet upstream days we struggled into Maine. The last week has definitely been one of the hardest pushes we have ever experienced as a group, and certainly personally as well. Wet weather, upstream rapids and 1-14 hour days has left us drained, but finally on schedule to finish around July 1st.
We plan on making it to Flagstaff the day after tomorrow, and then to five-dollar, all you can eat, fish and chips meal in Portland on the Friday before the Fourth… Everyone is doing well, and Wes’ foot looks pretty good (repeat MRSA???). We have the drugs, the technology, and the will-power to drive on. Tied on a few beverages last night, and got some much-needed diner breakfast this morning. We restocked six days of food here in Rangely, and now we need to make a quick four-mile portage to some more palatable waters (the Dead River).
We hope your summers are as smooth as ours has been, and your dinners are as paddle-able!
P.S. there are three steps to a canoe carry over two miles.
step 1. Take the heavy stuff first and focus on the difficulty of the carry, in order to be in the moment and make time move faster.
step 2. Speed walk back to the lighter gear, and pay close attention to seeing things from the opposite direction, or in better detail than before.
step 3. Take the last load, and know that with each step you never have to look at this exact surroundings ever again. Dismiss it from your mind completely, leaving only step 2 in your memory.