We got to Wildcat peak D (there are 5 peaks), where there is a gondola that runs up and down the mountain. Aaand, of course someone (I think it was Snowy?) had to mention taking the gondola down and going back to town tonight. There are two road crossings to Gorham that we pass, and the plan was to make it to the second tomorrow and go back into town to resupply. We calculated that if we took the gondola down, stayed in town, rode it back up in the morning, and did about 18 miles tomorrow, we would end up in the same place as planned. Hmmm, another shower? A bed?
Honestly, it didn't take much convincing for any of us, and Snowy called the Royalty Inn, sweet-talked the front desk clerk (same one we dealt with yesterday) and scored us an entire apartment for the same rate as a room. Seriously?! No way we could turn that down; before we knew it we were on the gondola descending from Wildcat. We hitched a ride to Walmart to resupply tonight since tomorrow is a big day. We loaded our packs into carts and headed up and down the aisles. Bear Bag and Snowy got fried chicken and I bought a Lunchable (ha, strangely I've been craving that for awhile), and we sat in front of Walmart eating our dinners. I love being a bum. We started walking toward the road to hitch a ride to the hotel and before we even stuck our thumbs out a guy pulled over and offered a ride! We checked into this amazing apartment (Lisa at the front desk told us that out-of-town doctors normally stay here when they come to work at the hospital nearby)...one bedroom plus a sleeper sofa, full kitchen, washer, dryer...everything. Amazing! We headed to the pool, hut tub, and sauna, and then tried our hand at racquetball. Bear Bag has played before so he taught Snowy and me and we enjoyed a game full of laughs. Bear Bag won of course, and we didn't leave the rec center until almost 10. Chickadee and Honeybee are in town too and they are crashing on the floor tonight because they didn't have anywhere to stay. Today has been an adventure but tomorrow is going to be a challenge for sure!
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