Goodbye Monson

Day 14

Oh Monson.  What an amazing trail town experience.  Today we sadly left the comfort of the trail community and Shaw’s hostel.  We and about a dozen other SOBOs, NOBOs, Flip Flopper and Section hikers caught the first shuttle back to trailhead.  After some inspirational words from Poet, we all went our separate directions following the white blazes again.

Back on trail our conversation left off where it did when we arrived in Monson…. talking about food.  The delicious food we had in town and all the new snacks now weighing down our packs.  We questioned if we should have stayed at Shaw’s for one more zero.  Why didn’t we get pizza?  There was still one more desert to try at Lakeshore House Pub. The all you can eat breakfast at Shaw’s deserves another go. Oh and we forgot to get ice cream! I guess it will have to wait for the next town, which thankfully is only 74 miles away and will include some friends from home. Knowing what is coming makes it easy to separate from the Vortex that is town.
Trail today was very flat and we cruised through our biggest day…18 miles.  It included several small fords…both of us fell in, those rocks are slippery!
After about 14 miles completed then in true shell shock fashion, another epic fall.  Tripped then caught off balance by the heavy pack.  Why did we get so many snacks? Anyway, that whoopie pie will be worth it tonight.
We completed the 18 and stopped at an amazing campsite on Moxie pond near the Lean-to. We were happy to be serenaded by Loons again, we weren’t sure if we had finished seeing the beautiful low land ponds. It was fun to watch the sunfish arrange the rocks in their territory in the shallow water. They also grab the leeches by the tails and swim them away if they get too close.
We set up our hammock and rested our sore feet. We enjoyed the fresh food from town for dinner. Those ramen noodles can wait a while.

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