Day 150 on the Appalachian Trail Miles Hiked to Date: 1641 Hiked yesterday: 15 Trail Miles, Miles left to hike: 543
Once they were out of sight, we started up the truck and headed down the forest service roads toward the town of Manchester. About halfway there, we spotted a coffee shop and decided to pull in and see if they had wifi. As soon as I parked, my phone rang and it was my old pal, Uke! He asked where I was and when I told him we were heading into Manchester he said, "Great! That's where I am!" He texted me the address and I told him we'd swing by and see him.
The weather was near perfect and the outdoor tables were a great place to relax and discuss important matters, like why Bert from Sesame Street is always soooo negative! Personally, I'm an Ernie fan!
Uke needed to re-supply in town and there was a grocery nearby so we all piled into the Chip Mobile and headed there. We parked and one by one hiker friends appeared, some we knew and some we'd never met.
We also ventured into the Eastern Mountain Sports store there, always glad to check out cool gear. None of it was in our price range since I declared that we need to keep to our budget to be sure that Chipmunk makes it all the way to Katahdin and then that all of us make it all the way back home to Florida. Papa Chip and I drooled over a few items and then headed for the parking lot to meet up with Uke after his grocery shopping.
When Uke was fully re-stocked, he gave me a nice big hug and then jumped in the Chip Mobile so that Papa Chip could drive him to the trailhead while I posted the blog at the local McDonald's.
FYI, I've been having technological issues lately and none of them come with one easy answer. Typically, I find a place to blog that has an outlet to plug into AND wifi. If it's a public place like a restaurant, we always purchase drinks and/or food. On a few recent occasions, we found out after buying food and sitting down that the WIFI was "out" or that it allows you a pre-set amount of time, kicks you off and then my blogging site doesn't save all that I've typed. Ugh!
Any way, I mention this because it's 4:30 in the afternoon and as I type this blog, I've already been to two different places whose wifi was not functioning. I'm now at a lunch spot where the wifi has finally been reset and appears to be working ... so, that's good, right? And, yes, I'm aware that I could have worse problems in life.
We had received updates from Chipmunk and 3 Second Delay throughout the day and the latest let me know that they'd be at the trailhead between 4 and 5 pm. And they were! They both agreed that the hiking was better but that Chipmunk was dragging a bit after a 19 mile day back to back with a 20 mile day.
Amy told us to head onto her house and get showers while she went to a meeting she had in town. We did and met Amy's husband, Wayne, who was already preparing dinner. It smelled great and we all played with Matilda, their adorable pup, between showers.
We talked, laughed and enjoyed each other's company until around 11PM. Chipmunk bowed out around 9pm, declaring she needed her beauty sleep. Amy told us she'd leave the door unlocked in case we needed the bathroom in the night and with that we headed to our camper which was parked in their driveway for the night. I went to bed with not only a full stomach but a "happy belly"! A very good ending to a very good day!
If you enjoy reading the story of our adventure, and you’d like to send some “Trail Magic” to Chipmunk, click on the “Donate” button at the upper right corner of today’s blog post. Chipmunk maintains a twitter account: @openlymtngoat where a common hashtag is #GoChipmunk . She (or we) will try to answer any questions you may have about her hike and this family adventure.
Thanks again for all your support,
Mama Chip, Papa Chip, Chipmunk and her dog, Chocolate Chip
(Tammy, Jay, Neva and Coco)