New shoes July 27, 2019Hikeadmin At the top of a long climb up Stratton Mountain is a fire tower. It was noon so I sat and ate my lunch before continuing on. Did I climb the fire tower? Nope. I don’t like heights and I’m not a sightseer. Although the trail up and down was wet, muddy and mucky I listened to an audio book and the miles went by. However the trail is getting harder and it’s taking me longer to complete the mileage in the early afternoon. Instead it’s late afternoon when I roll into camp. This is pair number three of Brooks Cascadia trail runners. They are version 14 and I’m very disappointed in them. They were new at Delaware Water Gap. Now they are completely destroyed. I’ll be going into Manchester Center VT which has an outdoor outfitter. I’ll see if I can buy new shoes there. I’m going to take their suggestion, because Cascadias just aren’t doing it for me. This is pair number four. The Mountain Goat outfitter fitted me in some Oboz shoes. I also got some new Injini toe socks. They said the shoes should last to the end of the hike. Here’s hoping so. Now I’ve got to screw in some Velcro to hold my gaiters.