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New Hampshire

2011-09-09

tl;dr: Today was spent bicycling in New Hampshire. Saw a house covered in license plates and lots of mushrooms.

I tried to find breakfast in Brattleboro (which I can't help but think of as Battle Burro), but though there are lots of bicycle stores and coffee houses there were no restaurants. Google Maps showed a couple, but they were closed. So I biked into New Hampshire to Hinsdale where I found a cafe that served up a decent but expensive breakfast. Of course, of all the great descriptions of the Northeast I have heard, "cheap" was never one of them.

I can say one thing about New Hampshire: they don't put much effort into their bicycle trails. I stayed on the Ashuelot Rail Trail for as long as I could stand it. Then I decided I'd just stick to roads.

At first I was not impressed with New Hampshire's roads. This was mostly because I started off on busy highways. Eventually I managed to get onto the back roads. These were very much not busy. Some didn't even exist (thank you Google Maps). Most were not paved, but were decently smooth anyway. But they were so saturated with water that they were soft, making peddling harder, but it was still preferable to the main roads.

In Marlborough a guy and his son gave me cookies. Apparently they had biked across the country the previous summer.

I met hiker who power-walks for 4 hours everyday. He didn't slow down for anything. Even though we were talking he pulled ahead when we hit a steep dirt road that for whatever reason the local township had decided to plow into sand.

I know all the rain caused lots of problems, but it was certainly a boon for the local fungi. I've never seen so many mushrooms.

I found a nice pine forest to camp in. The hardest part of camping was getting over the stone wall. There are stone walls everywhere. I can only assume this land was once farmland, because why else would there be so many stone walls in forests?

Somebody nearby is cooking up something awesome smelling.

Welcome to New Hampshire


I guess this is important


house covered in license plates


they are mostly local




Monadnock Mountain


quiet back road


mushrooms and a stone wall


camping in a pine forest

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