But the detour described in the trail guide was blocked!
I got a sense that I was in for a long day of misfortune.
There wasn't much to Barber Reservation. A few meadows and some wide dirt paths were all I saw. In fact, the walk along the power line and though the reservation was only a mile long. I took a short break at Barber to have a snack and some water and then took to the road again. What should have been a short half mile road walk turned into a futile search for the trail head on Dexter Drive in Sherborn. I walked up and down the street three times but could not locate the trail that passes through private property and onto farmland that would take me to Brush Hill Reservation. After a good 30 minutes I decided to continue on the road and find the reservation on my own.
Not a trail but better than the road.
Trail though a grassy meadow in Barber Reservation.
I made a new friend on my road walk from Barber Reservation to Brush Hill Reservation so it wasn't all bad.
After another 1.5 miles of unplanned road walking I located the trail head at Brush Hill Reservation. Unfortunately, the blaze at the trail head was the only one I ever saw. Since the BCT was unmarked here, and there were many intersecting trails, I decided to follow the one that appeared to be the most traveled. It was the logical choice but ended up being an incorrect one. More backtracking, more cursing and inevitably more road walking followed, but I was able to find I my way to Sherborn Town Forest.
View of the farm I was supposed to hike though but couldn't locate the trail on the opposite side.
An opening in the trail revealed this building and tower.