7-11-09 day 39
start: The Hemlocks Lean-To, MA
end: Tom Leonard Lean-To, MA
daily mileage: 14.4
total mileage: 504.6
Went into town today for some groceries, McDonalds, and to pick up mom's package! Before we got there we met a funny section hiker, "Mass Cowboy," who was wearing his huge pack so loosely we were sure he couldn't balance with it... and sure enough, in the 30 seconds it took for us to pass him, he fell twice! When we got in, we ate our first fast food of the trail... and my friends, it was glorious.
Sea Monster consumed a large Big Mac extra value meal, 4 chicken nuggets, 2 McDoubles, 2 Apple Pies, and a Medium Milkshake. I opted for all dollar-menu items, and had a McDouble, 5 McChickens, and an ice cream sundae. We waddled over to the Price Chopper to do our grocery shopping afterwards (where we both bought AWESOME, identical orange imitation crocs for $7!), and then to the post office for our package! After hitching with a pair of very weird people to the Post Office, we were devastated to find that it was closed by early afternoon on Saturday!! Evidently, this is a national trend for post offices. Who knew. We'll have it forwarded to another Post Office up the trail.
We got to the shelter tonight to find about 7 through hikers and 5 or so day hikers - quite the party! The section hikers had music and some liquor, which was shared freely, and we enjoyed a fun evening. All of the through hikers are headed to Upper Goose Pond tomorrow, so it should be a fun crowd tomorrow night as well!