I would call this a momentous day of achievement and landmarks… successfully navigating the Fen (after a time), paddling through “the tubes,” persevering all the way to Island Pond, and paddling under a hotel to arrive!
After exploring the Fen together, Sydney and Marji decided to take to the highway from Five Mile Square Rd., where the route was still muddled and the obstacles many. In Island Pond we met up again, only to say farewell, as they will need to wait for a set of replacement wheels to arrive on Monday. Having companions for a few days along the way has been a bright spot in my solitary adventure.
Onward to find my home for the night. After paddling a short way on Island Pond and beginning the portage (which will eventually start me DOWN the Nulhegan River), I arrived at Brighton State Park, where the ranger tucked me into the overflow site in his over full campground. Goodnight!
TOTAL MILES: 319.5