Bromley Shelter to Kelly Stand Road – 20 miles
Leaving Manchester Center with a full resupply, the stitching on my pack strap popped. I knew this day was coming.
You see, my sewing machine kept jamming up with industrial strength thread, so I used all purpose instead. I did my best with reinforcing stitches, but I knew eventually something would bust.
Conveniently, the warrant department (me) was standing by with a sewing needle, thimble, and bobbin of heavy duty thread. I found a comfy sitting log, emptied the entire contents of my bag, and turned it inside out. Where the strap had pulled out, I placed about ten sutures, complete with surgeon’s knots and all. Half an hour later, I was on my way with stitching that was even stronger than on day one.
Every commercial pack I’ve owned has required repairs by this point, so I’ll consider it a success that this homemade experiment made it 540 miles before it’s first ripped seam.