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Originally Posted by rholland1951 View Post
Day 3 of the tour went down like this: after a hearty breakfast supplied by our wonderful and knowledgeable hostess, along with good chat, we set out on a route that went purposely West through North Hampton and Exeter, South through Exeter, Kensington, Seabrook, and Amesbury, that went awry when we followed the North bank of the Merrimack West, instead of East, that was redeemed when we realized we could cross at the Rocks Village Bridge between Haverhill and West Newbury, that became briefly vexed when we found that a low-lying segment of River Road in Merrimac had been permanently closed due to the ravages of climate change, that winded us when we climbed Skunk Road to get to Middle Road to get to the still functioning segment of River Road, that elated us when we saw the Rocks Village Bridge, that amused us when we read the schedule of tolls for livestock (Hogs, 5) last collected in 1868, that pleased us with how nice the little bridge was to cross, that gratified us that the remaining stages of the ride were relatively straight-forward (one detour around a Wildlife Management Area notwithstanding), that tickled us when it seemed to make sense to use the Grand Wenham Canal as a bypass for a steep hill right at the end of the journey, and that left us genuinely touched at how ecstatically joyful my daughter's dog was to see her. Rye, New Hampshire to Wenham, Massachusetts: 46 miles, some planned, some not so much, much of it flat-out beautiful. The total distance for the 3-day tour came to 121 miles.

That was fun. I expect we'll do some more of it.

That looks like it was a wonderful trip! Thanks for sharing!
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