Thursday, June 28, 2012

West Milan to Errol, New Hampshire

The portage from West Milan over to the Androscoggin was on road and provided some nice breaks.  Camped at the picturesque Cedar Pond Campground (picture perfect pond with the White Mountains including Mt. Washington as a background) and continued the portage the following morning, in lots of rain.  Another mid-portage stop was at the Great Northern Moose Lodge & Campground.  Rick gave me a cup of coffee and we talked about the trail. 

The Androscoggin River has some nice rapids and would be fun to run in the downstream direction.  Going upstream involves several road portages to bypass these sections.  Heavy rain all day, but the paddling environment was beautiful.  Gives on the feeling of having really entered the Northeast Forest.

Wet, tired, and a bit chilled, finished the day in the micro town of Errol, NH.  Population around 300.  Two outfitters (one for supplies and one for trips), two convenience stores, a general store, and one motel.  Doug at the Northern Waters Outfitters offered me a place to camp and a hot shower, but the attraction of total warmth and dryness won out.  Owner Ricky checked me in to a room at the Errol Motel, offered to dry clothes, store the kayak, and whatever else would result in a nice stay.  The local entrepreneurs have to think clearly and work hard to survive.  It is always a pleasure to support these local businesses.

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