Bill and I went to breakfast at the Dartmouth Inn. I ordered blueberry pancakes. I love that they are served with real maple syrup up here. After breakfast, Bill dropped me off at the Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) in Lebanon. They didn’t open until 9:30 so I had to wait a bit.
Errands in town always take longer than you think they will. I thought I would be back on the trail by 11:00 but it ended up being after noon. At EMS, I got a new water filter (Sawyer Squeeze). The one I had been using was the Sawyer Squeeze Mini. It was a couple ounces lighter but the flow rate was too slow. I’m already so happy I switched to the new one. I also got new shoes. The tread was separating from the sole on the Hokas I had been wearing for about 300 miles. The only trail running shoe they had was a Salomon Speedcross 3 so I bought a pair. I don’t like them. They aren’t grippy enough on the wet rocks. Hmmmmm.
I went by Subway to eat an early lunch to get a sandwich to carry in my pack to eat later. While there, I met Andrew. He offered to drive me back to Hanover to the trail. He was such a nice guy. Fun conversation about living life to the fullest. Once on the trail, I climbed Moose Mountain. Pretty views but no moose siting. I started to lose sunlight so I set up camp near Goose Pond. I didn’t hike as many miles as I wanted to today which will put me a little behind on picking up my next resupply.