Mt Washington weekend
I couldn’t race this weekend due to the unknown ankle injury (still waiting for the MRI results), but I headed up to Mt Washington anyway. On Friday I made the best of my time bagging four towers. Although I’d been to three of them before, I hadn’t been in a while and a couple could be accessed via the ElliptiGo.
I drove to Whitefield and parked at the lot for the Presidential Rail Trail. This put me about 9 miles and 1,800’ of climb away from the summit of Prospect Mountain (2067’) in Weeks State Park (Lancaster, NH). I got my ElliptiGo ready and off I went. The weather was amazing for the last day of spring with a temperature of about 50, bright sun, and a strong wind. The ride was pretty hilly, which I expected, and the side road I chose ended up being dirt (which I didn’t expect). The last 2 miles were very tough, especially the last mile in Weeks which was a killer climb. I got encouragement from the few hikers out on the road. The last mile took me 10 minutes to ride; I probably could have run it faster. I took a short break on the summit to climb the stone fire tower and check out the view. The ride down only took a couple of minutes and I had to ride the brakes most of the way to avoid the many frost heaves. For the return trip I stayed on route 3 which had a nice breakdown lane and smooth pavement. The 19 mile round trip took me 1:32 and I hit a maximum speed of 31 mph on route 3 which was fun!
Next up, I made a quick stop in Jefferson NH to check out the “Carter Tower”. I’d been to this one before but it is right along the highway and I wanted to get a good picture of it. I had to drive that way anyway so it was just a chance to stretch my legs. I parked along route 2 and just had to scurry up the embankment to approach the tower. It appears to be well maintained (and has a very substantial lock); the grounds around it had a path mowed in the grass. I took a couple of pictures and then was back in the car and on my way to Milan NH.
I arrive in Milan and parked at the junction of Milan hill road and Jodrie lane. My first goal was a very short bushwhack to the top of Jodrie Hill (1660’) a former tower site. I pushed through some thick growth near the roadside and after that it was open woods to the summit. I didn’t see any tower remains on top, but spotted a possible old road, which I thought about following out but worried that I’d end up trespassing. As such, I just headed back down the way I’d come in. The total round trip was a little under 10 minutes.
I finished the day with a mountain bike ride from the Eagle mountain house. I had run the 16B loop in Jackson many years ago but never ridden it. It is a pretty challenging ride with some good uphill and some really crazy downhill (36 mph). The last climb from Jackson up to the EMH was tough! I guess that is good, it makes me feel like I got SOMETHING done.