Folks what you are reading is hot off the presses... in here (and in the associated photos) is information that is being published for the first.
On Sun, Sept 26, 2010, Robert Doyle and I crossed what can best be described as "Doyle's Interpretation of Neptune/Treat/Holyoak Route". It was a great trek and being with Robert who has crossed from Meductic to Benton 6 or 7 times made it all the more enjoyable.
for pictures of Robert’s interpretation of the 1820 route and another to see the Lat. and Long for each of Robert's waypoints.
Now, if you have that information, and a little respect for the Spiritual Protectorates, you too can cross the Meductic Portage!
To date, fewer than a dozen people crossed this particular route for the Meductic Portage… want to add you name to this list?Robert & Joe Doyle, Alison Connell, Mike Paul, Paul Meyer, Beth Johnston, Mike Grant, Moon Joyce, Richard Mann, Meredith Brewer, and Dino KubiK.
Robert is truly a "Keeper of the Trai"l.... "Thanks" Robert for the diligent work!!
Robert's Interpretation is based on Treat's 1820 maps...
Robert used the 1820 map to establish trailheads on the Saint John River& the Eel River, and moved the 1820 map onto a modern topo. Robert walked the route a number of times, each time with a GPS, and has refined the route based on obvious obstructions.
Robert's work has given us is a very practice route across the ancient portage which can be easy followed using Roberts 41 GPS waypoints.
PS The Mystical Nature of the Maliseet Trail was felt on that trek. The Sept 26 trek was planned about a month in advance and I had not invited any of the 2005 Crossing Crew nor any of my Paddling Gang. I wanted to spend a day discussing portage routes with Robert.
The night I was finishing my packing, didn't am email message arrive in from one of the 2005 Crossing Crew saying that he a few of friends were paddling from Benton to Green's Point up Molly's Rock way. Could the Spiritual Shaman been responsible for that?
Saturday, July 11, 2011, I spend the day with 1st New Maryland, NB Scout Leaders DA N. and Dan S. reconnoitering the Lost Maliseet Trail.
We did the 7k portage from the area near to Ancient Fort Medoctic to what was perhaps the very spot that O-ski-tchin would have taken a 9-year old John Gyles in August 1689. From that landing, Gyles started that now famous "long-carry" or portage to the "...great town and fort.." which was the capital city of the Maliseet Peoples and the stockaded Medoctack-Fort.
The route we followed is the one described by Passomoquoddy Chief Neptune in 1820. We followed it using 37 forestry tapes and 37 waypoints established by Robert Doyle. (Thanks Robert) We covered the portage in 4 hours partly because in many areas forestry practices have turned majestic woods into scrub, hawthorns, and alders. However, where ever the forest has recovered.... walking the ancient portage is like time travel. Pure magic. Worth all the hard parts. Part of the 4 hours was spent enjoying that magic.
Question for the reader.... if I was to post information on the best parts of the ancient portage with easy access routes for walking in, would anyone use them? Perhaps show where you could use existing trails to walk to the choice spots. Let me know.
Walking up the route we arrived at the location where a summer village existed and then it was up to the Eel River for a visit to Molly's Rock to pay our respects followed by a night at Green Point. Here in the picture you see the boys standing on the remains of an old observation deck.