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Keith checks into the NickMoore Hotel

05/08/2015
Keith finishes off a Cuppa Joe and some top-notch corn beef hash at Dysart's.

Keith finishes off a Cuppa Joe and some top-notch corn beef hash at Dysart’s.

Keith climbed the Beehive cliff trail like a 10-year-old unleashed on the world’s most scenic jungle gym, biked the ocean-side Park Loop Road with a video recorder in his hand and choked down a fresh lobster like his mother was force-feeding him fried liver.

That’s what happens when you turn a Wisconsin guy loose in Vacationland for four days.

But my favorite moment of Keith’s visit to Bangor was breakfast at Dysart’s.

Dysart’s is a major league truck stop: Restaurant open 24-hours. Gift shop sells giant rear-view mirrors, CB radios and cassette tapes. Showers. Dispatcher. Arcade games. It’s all a “big 10-4.”

Keith and I were lucky enough to get a front row seat near the long table reserved for truckers. We got a picture window view of all the action at the pump islands, were drowned in bad country music and listened to drivers order breakfast tongue-in-cheek:

“What can I get ya?

“I’d really like a Budweiser.”

“We do not have that here.”

“OK, I’ll take a coffee – black.”

Yes, only the best for NickMoore Hotel visitors.

And I knew Keith would appreciate it. He’s a trucker’s son after all.

He devoured the corn beef hash and declared it better than the corn beef hash served in downtown Wausau. He nearly walked into the women’s restroom and joked about it with a stranger in the men’s room; and he briefly considered buying a chrome-plated breaker bar as big as a Louisville Slugger.

“But what would I do with it,” he said.

That’s easy: A 20-pound souvenir of Maine.

Here’s some more Maine souvenirs:

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