I finished a through paddle earlier this week. It was an awesome and challenging adventure. I had a lot of fun, and it is a lot of hard work. Particularly the upstream work which is most of VT and NH. I think saner more rational paddlers do it in sections and follow the current. But that didn't appeal to my slightly sadistic goal oriented persona. Water levels were very high for my run straight up to Maine, and my experiences seemed very different than accounts I had read from those of other thru paddlers from prior years. Relating to another question under "wilderness tripping" I can not imagine doing the trail without a portage cart. Some are miles long on logging roads, dirt roads and paved roads. I looked forward to those I could wheel just to stretch my legs. The trail really does have everything from tight streams, wide rivers, ponds and really really big lakes. I loved it.
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