I also want to enjoy this hike. I want to appreciate this time because it may be the only chance I have to do something like this.
Stick is thinking the same way. We have been driven lately to add as many miles as possible, even though we told each other when we left Harpers Ferry that we could ease up a bit.
The threat of bad weather in Maine isn’t the only thing compelling us to hike more miles per day. We have goals of meeting people in the coming days, and if we fall behind we have to change plans.
There’s a constant tug lately between enjoying a relaxing hike and reaching specific spots at the right time.
Today we had a more immediate and practical goal, though, and that was to do laundry.
The manager of the Hitching Post Motel said last night he would do our laundry for us in the morning. He told us we could leave our dirty clothes by the front office.
We loaded our clothes in a large garbage bag, but when Stick took it to the office, the manager wasn’t there.
Stick was afraid to just leave the bag there because he was worried someone would think it was bag of rotting garbage.
Eventually we were able to make connection with the manager, and while he did the laundry we relaxed in our room. We weren’t packed up and ready to leave the motel until after 9:30 a.m.