And we are off to the trail again

Freeport is a fabulous town to take a zero at. The only “minor” inconvenience is it is 75 plus miles from the trail. But that is no problem when we have a Batman who chauffeurs us around like he has nothing better to do. After checking in and showering we hopped on over to LLBean to get Moxie some new treads. He sneakers were literally shredding apart. That’s one of the never ending challenges out here on the trail, gear wearing out. 

One can never enter the Flag Ship store of LLBean and only get what is on one’s list. The three of us came out with matching slack packing packs. I got black, Moxie has green and Maps will be sporting orange. We will be quite fashionable tomorrow. We are extremely happy that the next three days we will be able to slack pack.

A wonderful reporter, Aislinn, I have not met in person yet wanted to do another phone interview with me. Way back when I was around Hot Springs, NC she did a fantastic article for the Bangor Daily News Paper and featured a few of us hikers from Maine. That was when I was with GQ and Walkingan. So Maps, Moxie and I called her and the three of us entertained her with our perception of the trail. The funniest question was when Aislinn asked us, “so where are you right now?” The three of us broke out laughing in stereo and answered, “Freeport.”  It was quite comical. Only a thru hiker who had just completed the stretch we had will truly appreciate a zero day in town. I look forward to her next article to come out. 

Stephanie met us this morning for a quick visit. She works for LLBean in the health division. It was so nice to see her. She caught us with our packs exploded all over our room while we were going through our resupply.  

The morning started with Moxie dropping her phone in the toilet. Oh no, she has not had good luck with bathroom situations. In NH she fell off a privy and injured her butt. It was a serious fall that required 2 weeks of rest and physical therapy and it is still swollen. Word just came in from Moxie’s husband that all her photos have been saved to ICloud. How great is that. 

 Once again, we are clean, rested and re supplied and ready to hit the trail again in the morning. 

Happy Hiking. 

Emily M. Leonard

About Emily M. Leonard

I am a 50 year old Maine native and lover of the outdoors. Former Physical Education teacher and soccer coach. I am Married to the best husband ever and gave up teaching and coaching to raise our two wonderful sons. I have always enjoyed being outside and on the go.