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« Reply #15 on: September 14, 2009, 06:09:14 PM »

Funny map
seeing ragged makes me just want to climb
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« Reply #16 on: September 14, 2009, 06:45:08 PM »

It looks like we've hardly begun...but mileage wise were more than 1/3 done
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« Reply #17 on: September 14, 2009, 06:53:06 PM »

Dude. I love the map in the living room! Seroisly!
You have inspired me to put up some maps for motivation!
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« Reply #18 on: September 15, 2009, 09:14:27 PM »

Way to go...enjoying this report.  Wish I could also jump in with you guys for a section.
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« Reply #19 on: September 16, 2009, 07:48:36 AM »

awesome buddy. pictures look great. Map is too funny.
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« Reply #20 on: September 16, 2009, 09:20:02 AM »

Map is too funny.

The map picture doesnt' really do it justice, it takes up so much room but a neat way to track our progress.  Streatched out that way its probably 12-15ft long.  I had to take a step stool and put it ontop of that table in the picture and could just barely reach high enough so the bottom of the map wasn't on the floor. 
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« Reply #21 on: September 16, 2009, 10:06:17 AM »

What does the misses think about you taping up maps like that on the wall?
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« Reply #22 on: September 16, 2009, 10:17:47 AM »

What does the misses think about you taping up maps like that on the wall?

She was just happy I didn't nail it up there.
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« Reply #23 on: September 16, 2009, 06:55:15 PM »

Wait till you buy that house  Cheesy
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« Reply #24 on: September 19, 2009, 06:45:44 PM »

Metacomet Trail
Sections 3c,4a,4b,4c,5a,5b,5c
Southington, Plainville, Farmington, Avon/West Hartford     CT
September 19, 2009

Miles Hiked 18.3
Total Miles To Date 43.3
Total Trail Miles To Date 37.9

I'll keep the write up minimal and quickly get to the pictures.  My brother met me at 5:30am in West Hartford where we left one car and then drove to Southington where we were to pickup were we left off last week.  We were on the trail at 6am with our headlamps shining the way.



A little blurry but a what would have been an awesome sunrise but we didn't want to wait around for it since we had 18+ miles to get through.



Random fireplace.



At about 6:45 we were able to take our headlamps off.  A similar shot to previous pictures showing the Otis Elevator test site, just a lot closer now.
Its the single white structure in the center-ish of the picture.



Where we've been.  Castle Craig way in the distance now.



Unfortunately there were several major road crossing/sections that we covered today.  This is the bridge that goes over Highway 84 in Plainville.  (Crooked St.)



Looking down at the 84.  Surf may recognize these a few of my photos from his road trip.



Tilcon which is eating up that mountain.



This is the former location of the Nike Missile Site.




Arriving at Pinnacle



Pinnacle with the Channel 30 towers in the background.







While putting my camera away I realized I didn't have my camera case any more.  Opps!!!!  Humm..... little bugger walked off when I wasn't looking. 

Approaching Rattle Snake Mtn.





Where we've come from.  The very center mountain in this picture is a duplicate of a previous picture I just posted just further away now.



Connecticut's Rising Star (Hartford)



TV towers.



Cosmic on top of Rattlesnake. 




Will Warren's Den, supposedly a semi wild man lived here in the 1800's.



The former Mike Tyson residence and now 50 Cent owns it. 





I logged on to www.bing.com and went to maps/birdseye view of Popular Hill Dr. in Farmington, CT to see what I couldn't see from the road. 
WOW this place is huge.  Just find that road in bing maps and then switch to birds eye.  Its the last house on the road you can't miss it. 

The Route 4 crossing which has the on ramps to Highway 84.



We played frogger while crossing.  Another shot of Rt. 4



Nearing the end of our 18+ mile day, approaching Route 44 near the West Hartford Reservoir.

After dropping my brother off at his car I decided to check one location which had very easy access from the road where I may have left my camera case.





Not only did it walk off but it climbed to the top of this boulder and was sunning itself.

My car from my camera case's location.



This was a long day of hiking but once again another highly recommend couple of sections of the Metacomet. 


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« Reply #25 on: September 19, 2009, 09:26:56 PM »

Great job guys !
I like the headlamp shot.

Will's den has some climbing there.

Did you hike past GreenWall where we climbed 2 years ago?

I want to go back there, I like the seclusion.
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« Reply #26 on: September 19, 2009, 09:40:49 PM »

Haha you better keep a better eye on that camera case now that you know it has bad habits like that. 
Sorry I did'nt recognize that section of 84 I must have been sleeping behind the wheel.  Shocked

18+!  Thats great.  Makes me feel like a slacker only doing 8.5 today with my neice on the osceolas.
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« Reply #27 on: September 19, 2009, 10:24:49 PM »

that's a pretty long day. I love the feeling of accomplished-tiredness that comes from being on the trail that long.

And similiarly, I left my entire camera at a local boulder the other day. Yikes! fortunately it was still there when I went back.
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« Reply #28 on: September 20, 2009, 06:40:49 AM »

Did you hike past GreenWall where we climbed 2 years ago?

After pointing out a couple wrong spots I finally correctly pointed out Green Wall.
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« Reply #29 on: September 20, 2009, 08:22:12 AM »

It was a great morning, and I'm really enjoying this trail. The highlights in my opinion were the Rt. 84 to Rt 6 section which includes Pinnacle and Rattlesnake. Rt. 4 to Rt 44 was also a very nice section- we saw a lot of mountain bikers exploring the trail network up on top of Avon Mountain. Here are a few photos I took:

Rage at Pinnacle, with the TV Tower in the background:


And in front of Will Warren's Den:


One of the TV Towers. This is a 1200 ft tower. Pretty cool to stand right next to it and see the little ladder going up, and up, and up.


The Tower is braced by (18)-3/4"diameter (roughly) cables, in three directions 120 degrees apart. The engineer in me was impressed by this simple, elegant, but gigantic structure. This is the anchorage for one set of cables:


Rage approaching the Rt 4 Crossing


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