Welcome to New Hampshire! The Trail goes through Hanover and the town is well adjusted to welcoming hungry stinky hikers who are usually looking for a place to charge their devices. The Trail goes right past a Starbucks where the barista decided I needed more calories so when I said make me anything she made me the largest full cream Frappuccino I have ever see. I sat and sipped it as I wrote letters home and waited for Greyhound to arrive.
I had met up with Greyhound for a day in Pennsylvania right before I had had to get off the Trail to heal up broken skin on my shoulders & feet. When she heard I was still going she got in contact to see if I wanted company to tackle New Hampshire & Southern Maine to Rangeley. She had thru hiked the AT 20 years ago but had also started a section hike of it about 23 years ago. New Hampshire & Maine to Rangeley was the last section she need to tie together all those section hikes she had done over the years. She just never wanted to do it alone.
I wasn't quite certain how I was going to do it. My plans were not as detailed as I had hoped to be covering more miles by then and still the elevations just left me worried that I wouldn't be able to accomplish it. Making myself responsible to support someone else achieving their dreams made it more possible for me to make it happen. So off we headed. We didn't make it that far our first day out, but then again we didn't leave town (seductive town) until 3 or so.
Velvet Rock Shelter is the second picture - it has a clear roof which was interesting to be under as the storm clouds rolled in. There was a younger hiker who didn't understand why it was called Velvet Rocks as all the moss was green not red. Tried to explain that velvet doesn't have to be red but in an age where red velvet is used to describe cake & carpets rather than fabric, he couldn't grasp it.