Francelia M. Clark

author of Circle Around Monadnock: Time Travel with Horses


 

Some early roads can still lead a hiker or a horseback rider over long distance—such as King’s Highway, laid out in 1768, from Peterborough to Washington, and the traces of “great roads” rounding Monadnock. These have historic links to, at least, the long arteries made by traveling settlers and Revolutionary War soldiers. So certain bypassed historic roads, by means of some hunting, can still take us through countryside—with the discoveries that this entails. From such discoveries we have emerged full of admiration for the animal carrying us, respect for hard survival, and the urge to help others explore their landscapes in these ways.