My plan is to trace the coast end to end—from the Massachusetts border north to Maine —sticking as close to the high-tide line as I can. It will be a leisurely two-day walk. With turns and detours, my route will end up a bit longer than the advertised 18 miles. I’ll have to trudge along the shoulder of Route 1-A for part of the trip, but with my trusty U.S. Geological Survey topo maps in hand, I’ll scope out beachfront lanes and angle back to the water as often as I can. And although I stuff a knapsack full of T-shirts and shorts, I make a rule: No camping out. I’m going to check into comfortable local inns along the way and eat in restaurants. This will be my trekker’s reward.