July 9: Day 6. Manchester Center, 0 miles

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DF: Today was a zero day in town. We got up a little later than usual, and started the day with a fantastic meal at Up for Breakfast. I had blackberry walnut pancakes with local maple syrup; Ken had eggs with spinach and smoked Gouda, plus bratwurst and cornbread.

After breakfast, we headed to Price Chopper for groceries. We also visited Eastern Mountain Sports and New Morning, a local natural foods store. Back at the room we organized our food, then headed to the local outfitter to try to solve my blister problem. We eventually settled on thinner wool socks and new insoles. I really hope this works.

We had a wonderful lunch at Thai Basil (Pad Thai and green curry rice noodles), visited a great bookstore (Northshire), and made a second trip to Rite Aid for things like powder and hand sanitizer.

Now we’re hanging out on the porch for the rest of the afternoon.

 BC: Zero day. Man, was that expensive. Food resupply wasn’t so bad, but the trip to the Mountain Goat outfitter cost a new Neoair pad ($160), new insoles for DF’s shoes ($50), and a bunch of little things. Then there’s eating out in town for two days plus the cost of the room – we are definitely helping improve the local economy. But this is a great little town with lots of good restaurants and friendly people. Breakfast at Up for Breakfast was fantastic, and the Thai place was very good for lunch.

Spent the afternoon hanging out and repacking gear. Enjoyed chatting with Frank Sutton, and several other hikers at the house.

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Frank Sutton in front of his lodging house.
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The two of us in front of the house.