The drive on Pell Road was making me nervous. I had expected a dirt road, but this one was particularly heavy on ruts and debris. Last autumn, I traded a clapped-out SUV for a small car, and now Pell Road was scraping and rapping the underside of my nice new vehicle. At one point, I had to drive over a slender tree trunk lying immovable across the track.
But after two or three miles of jangled nerves, Pell Road brought Katie and I to a tranquil spot in Tunxis State Forest, and near this place we found a homemade sign: “Northern Terminus Tunxis Trail”. The sign announced 21 miles of trail, south to the Farmington River at Satan’s Kingdom. But the Tunxis Trail goes farther still, 36 miles from where we stood near the Massachusetts line in Hartland all the way down to Plymouth. The trail, broadly, runs along the northwestern edge of the Connecticut River valley and, according to the Connecticut Forest and Park Association’s Walk Book, traverses some of the most beautiful woodlands in our state. Let’s see.