Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A Ruckus in the Night, Preludes an Awesome Day

8-23-09 day 82
start: Lakeshore House @ Monson, ME
end: Lakeshore House @ Monson, ME
daily mileage: 0
total mileage: 1051.2
Our first night at the Lakeshore House was met with some drama. Since the place was packed full I slept on a mattress on the floor in a small room adjoining two others. I was woken up in the middle of the night by someone yelling and as I stirred out of my half awake confusion, it just became more confusing. Someone, assumedly a drunken bar patron, was back, long after the bar closed, tramping around yelling at Rebekah, calling her all sorts of names and swearing a lot. I'm laying there, with no idea what is going on, listening to all this for about 10 minutes. Then I hear him coming up the stairs from the bar and he barges into where I'm sleeping and traps over me and my stuff and out the door to the porch. It was crazy, but no big deal, God knows I've dealt with my share of drunken ruckuses around Miami in the last four years. This morning Rebekah was super upset and sorry about everything but we assured her it was not a big deal, just some idiot.
We were zeroing here in town for the day and started things off right with 7 dollar all you can eat breakfast down the road at the other hiker hostel in town, Shaws. Feeling fat and sassy we went back to Lakeshore and popped in Full Metal Jacket while playing Yahtzee. After getting halfway through Space Jam, awesome, Rebekah came up and asked if anyone needed a ride to the supermarket in the real town up the road. Not wanting to re-supply at the rinky-dink Monson general store we pulled ourselves away from the Michael Jordan/ Bugs Bunny masterpiece and went to town.
We got lucky and Rebekah let us do work for stay for the night, so we spent the rest of the afternoon working on that. We replaced the linens, re-inked the sign outside, cleaned up the kayaks, and cleaned the bathroom and porch. Our work was fueled by periodic breaks to eat a plate of Sunday special 35 cent wings. After work we played around on the floating trampoline in the lake with Bella and Max, Rebekah's kids, and also watched the Disney middle eastern documentary, Aladdin, with Whisp. Later Rabbit, and a bunch of hikers showed up. We were happy to see Rabbit again, and we met "Monty", and this Hungarian guy, Zoltan, for the first time. We hung out in the bar for Disney's birthday tomorrow and talked with "Let it Be", an old timer who is an almost legendary hiker. What's known as the "Triple Crown" includes Americas three popular long trails, The AT, the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail, and he's hiked them all, like 5 times, simply incredible.

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