North Country Trail - Western UP

NCT Mile 29 to 36

Day 1 was a flawless victory!  Almost.  Everything with picking up permits and dropping off vehicles went super smooth until a cop passed us coming the opposite direction and immediately flipped a bitch to get behind us.  Rick didn’t even pretend that he hadn’t done anything wrong, had the truck pulled over with the window down before the State Trooper had his lights on.  What could have
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North Country Trail - Western UP

NCT Mile 36 to 49

Here is something I haven’t done often on the trail, write in the morning!  Every night of a hiking trip is special in some way, the first couple nights are especially special.  Day 1 is kind of like a one night stand, you’re just excited to be somewhere, blinded by instinctual enthusiasm to the point where you don’t care what happens as long as it’s
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North Country Trail - Western UP

NCT Mile 49 to 58

Can you reverse the curse?  Every person Brianna and I have taken out on a long distance hike has tapped out early.  Our latest victim is Ricardo, tapped after two night.  With Ric out that brings our victim total up to three.  That’s three out of three, 100% for those keeping track from home. All three of our hiking companions went home early for varying degrees of
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North Country Trail - Western UP

NCT Mile 58 to 76

Today started out ultra confusing.  We received a message from Shauna on our Garmin while in the middle of enjoying our coffee and strop waffles.  The message read, “waited for you by the cabin for a couple hours, heading home now.”  Which made no sense to us as we thought the plan was for them to meet us at the campsite, we even managed to get
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North Country Trail - Western UP

NCT Mile 76 to 80

Good times go by far too fast.  We stayed up drinking and carrying on until past 0100 in the morning.  Out of bed by 0800 and had to get immediately onto our hiker chores: throw laundry in, charge all the electronics, sort through resupply food, dump trash.  We did make time for a huge breakfast with Shauna and Ric though.  This motel is great and weird.  The dining
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North Country Trail - Western UP

NCT Mile 80 to 89

Scenario:  you’re on a long distance hiking trip, you and all of your gear is sopping wet. What do you do? Let me answer my question with a question – what can you do?  Wake up, make coffee, put your shit away and hope this day works out better than lasterday.  We started today out optimistically miserable, because again, there is no choice. Before the severe
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North Country Trail - Western UP

NCT Mile 89 to 104.5

If you ever have the opportunity to start a day off with Mountain House biscuits and gravy, do it.  So good.  The Breakfast Skillet is excellent, but the biscuits and gravy is where it’s at. Our morning began with a text from Papa Bear warning us that “rain is headed up your ass today.”  We broke camp down in record time and headed out.  There’s nothing like
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North Country Trail - Western UP

0 NCT Miles

Today was a day of rest, depending on how one might define rest.   Turns out that that 1970s motel has a pretty bomb breakfast.  We got a window seat next to the bear feeding window and got quite the show this morning.  We didn’t see any bears but we did see three juvenile bald eagles dropping in on the food.  Crows would crowd the food and
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