If you zoom in on the spindly tree in the middle of the river you will see a white blaze. I’m not sure what they were thinking crossing here! I crossed just up stream and managed to stay upright. My feet were already soaked from all the puddles and muck I’d hiked through earlier so this was a good chance to clean the boots off.
An old farmhouse lodge was a welcome respite from all the cold and wet, plus I resupplied in town. The other reason for calling it quits early is the weather is supposed to be improving significantly tomorrow. There is a 4000′ climb to the Franconia Ridge with spectacular views…hopefully I will get tinsel them (I definitely would not have today).
The good news is my shin splint is 98% healed. There’s no way I could have hiked this terrain 3 weeks ago in that state. Unfortunately, my left side has been seeing a lot of additional abuse: I hip checked the rock slab yesterday (can’t sleep on that side), I slammed my quad into downed tree trunk that was camouflaged in brush sticking out from the side of trail (still very sore), and a couple times a day my knee kind of buckles in a shooting pain (no idea why). Hoping I can hold it all together for another 3 weeks.