8-22-09 day 81
start: Moxie Bald Lean-To, ME
end: Lake Shore House in Monson, ME
daily mileage: 17.9
total mileage: 1051.2
We'd planned on taking a super short day (just 9 miles in easy terrain) to waste time, so we were going to sleep in nice and late. Unfortunately the bugs were so bad that it wasn't even pleasant to do so, and we got out of the shelter pretty early. We hit our destination shelter around 11:20 AM and met up with Whisp and Evergreen again there. Both were planning on pushing into Monson, and as Whisp was also planning on summiting with us on the 30th, he was just going to take a zero day there. It seemed like a great plan, so we decided to just eat lunch and push on the last 9 miles to Monson. We had a few real river fords on the way, which is always fun, and then got to a fork in the road. The AT took us several miles out of the way, and then a hitch was required into Monson- the blue blazed side trail cut a mile off and went straight into town. Inevitably, we decided to cheat and take the side trail.
We met up with Whisp and Evergreen again, and ate a delicious dinner at their bar/restaurant. The Lake Shore House is awesome- there's the hostel of course (and a very nice one), but also a bar, restaurant, and laundromat. It's right on the shore of a lake with swimming, kayaks, paddleboats, and a water trampoline (all free to use)! The owner, Rebekah, is really nice and loves hikers. We soon put in a movie up in the hostel area, and then got sucked into watching 3- Canadian Bacon, Blazing Saddles, and the Incredibles. It was great.