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Melanie McManus
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I'm a writer who loves to travel and run, sometimes at the same time. And I'm passionate about Spain's Vía de la Plata Camino to Santiago.
I'm a writer who loves to travel and run, sometimes at the same time. And I'm passionate about Spain's Vía de la Plata Camino to Santiago.

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Day 12: Royalston to Alexander Hill Road and then the Northern Terminus!
Friday,
Sept. 15, 2017 Triumph! But first, yet another long,
harder-than-expected day. Yet I suppose it was fitting, seeing as how this
trail has fought with us the entire time. According to my NET maps, we had just 16 miles left to
hike. After numerous day...
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Day 11: Alexander Hill Road to Quabbin Reservoir
Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 Our last two hiking days were supposed to be shorter and
easier. Today's hike was slated at about 17 or 18 miles. I didn't have an exact
total, because the starting and ending points were within marked segments – not
at the start/en...
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Day 10: Quabbin Reservoir to Bay Road
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 Today was one of the most enjoyable days on the trail,
despite the fact that we were covering a lot of miles (about 23). That's
because while we had some big hills at the start and end of the day, the vast majority
of the trail = u...
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Day 9: Lake Holland to East Mountain Wildlife Management Area
Just when you think you've had
your hardest hiking day, you haven't. Today was slated to be a great
day. We'd hike up Mt. Nonotuck at the Mt. Tom State Reservation, shuttle around
the Connecticut River (too large for a water crossing), then hike around Moun...
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Day 8: East Mountain Wildlife Management Area to Sunrise Park
Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 Every day on the trail is interesting. This was definitely one of those days! We started off in Massachusetts, which was a little weird. Due to our shuttling system, we keep heading north, yet we hike south. So we still had a little t...
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Day 7: Sunrise Park to Metropolitan District Reservoir
Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 Today started off crisp and cool. As soon as we started hiking we ran into a large group of hikers. They were part of a club and/or Meet-Up group. One woman had lived in Appleton for a while, so that was fun. There aren't many spots t...
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Day 6: Metropolitan District Reservoir to Long Bottom Road
Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 Before I talk about today, one thing: If you've been reading this blog and there was an entry with no photos, go back and look. Sometimes I don't post the photos until later. And the photos are the best part! Another beautiful day to...
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Day 5: Long Bottom Road to Spruce Brook Road
Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 Happy Birthday to me! I'm fortunate to be able to spend yet another birthday hiking along a National Scenic Trail. I was on the Ice Age Trail on my birthday in 2013 and 2015. I guess in odd-numbered years I hit the trail on my birthday...
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Day 4: Reed Gap to Spruce Brook Road
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 Today started out well, but ended up tough. So much of long-distance hiking is mental. Our itinerary called for 21.2 miles. I was hiking 30-35 on the Ice Age Trail, and 25 on the Florida and North Country Trails, so 21.2 should be no...
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Day 3: Mount Pisgah to Reed Gap
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 Today was an easy 17-miler. Or so it seemed. The weather forecast was for rain all day. The minute we got out of the car to start hiking, the heavens opened up. It wasn't too bad, though, as it was warm/humid. And I had purchased a ...
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