20 July 2017
AT NOBO Miles – 454 miles
AT SOBO Miles – 114.5 miles
AT Total Miles – 568.5 miles
Today’s – 0 miles
Time – 0 hrs
Speed – 0 mph
Tonight’s location: Lakeshore Hiker Hostel Monson Maine
This morning I finally got my breakfast at Shaw’s Hiker Hostel with 2 eggs, potatoes, bacon and Maine Blueberry Pancakes! Yum yum
It was well worth the wait. Poet and his team of cooks have this down to an art form. It’s well worth a stop at the south end of the 100 Mile Wilderness.
Then it was just a lazy zero day of swimming and.kayaking for me and Laurence. A GREAT day after surviving our SoBo trek so far of 100+ miles in Maine’s backcountry.
I also contacted REI about my failed (now broken) trekking pole. The REI customer support is a FAIL! I wish they were as good as what I’ve heard Leki and Black Diamond are at supporting Thru Hikers — who overnight new poles to your next town.
REI was not willing to send me replacement poles. I could purchase and return my original failed equipment…but no promises! An their response would be up to 7 days! Not good for a hiker who needs trekking pokes.
The moral of this story is — choose your equipment manufacturers carefully. Few are willing to backup their equipment with timely support and a quick response to react immediately. REI is NOT one of those companies.
Therefore, I returned my poles to REI at my shipping cost and walked down to Shaw’s Hiker Hostel equipment store to purchased some Leki trekking poles. I couldn’t wait on REI unsuport. AND Boy, the Leki poles look nice…
Then it was our last dinner in town, so everyone had desert….a much unneeded pleasure before heading back into the hike. But the brownie al a mode was so decadent.
Tomorrow, I’m onward toward Caratunk ME and there’s some difficult terrain ahead. Good thing I have new poles!
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