Papa Monkey, Pigeon Toe, and I, along with some other hikers who were getting shuttles to ME 17 but not slackpacking, headed off to the trail shortly after 7. On the drive there, we saw a moose in a clearing with a small lake to the side of the road.
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Today, the plan was for 13.2 miles from South Arm Rd to ME 17, joined by Papa Monkey and Pigeon Toe. Given the longer distance, we opted for our shuttle to leave at 7 am. Unfortunately, my alarm didn’t wake me up, so I rolled out of bed a little after 6. Fortunately, I didn’t have much to pack, so despite the late start, I was ready by the time the shuttle was.
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I had scheduled my shuttle to the trailhead this morning for 9 am because, according to the weather forecast, the rain would be done by then. That turned out not to be the case, and there was a light drizzle on the way out to the trailhead, though fortunately, it stopped raining shortly after I got to the trailhead.
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Continuing my goal to slackpack as far as "reasonable", I got up at 5:45 for the 7 am shuttle to Grafton Notch. Because of the road placements, today would be relatively short, only 10.3 miles.
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