“Live Free or Die” is the feisty motto of tiny New Hampshire, the state that hits the national limelight every four years when its political primaries launch the horse race for the White House. During the presidential campaign’s opening stretch, locals have to turn into hermits to avoid having their votes solicited by every candidate running and their opinions polled by every reporter.
Some of New Hampshire’s million residents take the state’s motto to heart, however, and when you see the ruggedness of the landscape, you’ll appreciate how easy it is to find isolation from the madding crowd.
Despite its apparent brevity, the route across New Hampshire provides a hearty sampling of the topographic spectrum from its start at New England’s highest peak, Mt. Washington, to neighboring Vermont amid the rolling farmland of the Connecticut River Valley.