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The Road

The Road


by Cormac McCarthy

The Road Sections 61-70 Summary

How It All Goes Down

Section 61

  • There's not as much snow now, so they must be at a lower elevation.
  • They stand over a deep gorge and look down into the river below.

Section 62

  • It takes them all day to reach the river.

Section 63

  • They leave their cart in a parking lot and walk to the river.
  • There's an eighty-foot waterfall. The Boy is impressed.

Section 64

  • The Man walks around near the waterfall picking up smooth stones.

Section 65

  • They stand on each side of the waterfall and call to each other, just like tourists.
  • They go swimming under the falls. That's got to be freezing.

Section 66

  • They climb the trail up to the top of the falls. It's a long way down, obviously.

Section 67

  • They walk along the upper river (the part above the falls) and find some morels (really tasty and non-poisonous mushrooms).

Section 68

  • After the mushroom score, they hike back to the road and then down to the waterfall.
  • They wash the mushrooms and fry them.

Section 69

  • Tinned pears for dessert!
  • The Man tells The Boy "[o]ld stories of courage and justice" while The Boy falls asleep (69.1).

Section 70

  • In the morning, The Man walks downstream to see if other wanderers recently visited the falls.
  • He remembers once seeing trout in a river just like this one.

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