Day 97 To AShland

19th July
Well I have to admit maybe I was a little squiffy yesterday
I struggled to get up and their were many snoozes before I finally emerged from my tent.
I hit the trail fairly slowly but determined and pushed on .It was a glorious day and the miles began to fall. Soon I was approaching  Ashland
I could see Ashand mountain getting nearer this again is a fairly great  place to go skiing although they had no snow this year. I just finished climbing a small hill when came upon Trail magic a chest with some cold sodas in .I helped myself then sat and enjoyed the scenery .
Then a runner appeared folowed by several more. There’s a competition soon and they are practicing.(mad people)
I walked on and began my decent  as more runners came past later it was time for walkers and dogs I chatted to most.
There was a lady who is off to the uk shortly to Reading then she is off to Cornwall my favorite place
Down and down the trail went crossing several roads and  i met many more people out strolling.
I then came to the old hotel where a young boy made me several cups off iced apple juice. I stopped nearby and ate my cold pizza bloody tasty
I tried to ring my girlfriend in the Uk but typically I couldn’t get a signal grrr
I walked down the trail to the next road and put out my thumb
The first stop was Callahans
An elderly lady stopped I said Callahan’s please?
She asked me where I was going next? Ashland I replied . I drop you there after if you want

Well yes Please ,  We  drove  to Callahan’s then she  waited  while i ran in to  grab my resupply box.
On the way to Ashland I asked about  barber shops  as i needed as hair cut . The next minute we pull up out side one and i jump  out. Thank you so much i say then she is gone
20 minutes later I looking  handsome again  lol , Ah much better it was too long and making me too hot
I began walking to the hostel it was a long way and some how I took a wrong turn (but didn’t know)
Then a car stopped SNAIL!  came a voice it was Tartan he was in a car  with his son. They picked me up and dropped me at  the hostel,but as I tried to enter one of the owners said  i’m so sorry  but  we are   Full
Bugger, Luckily Tartan hadn’t left , His son  thought there was another campsite out of town if  i didn’t  mind!! So they took me to a place  called Wellsprings .I paid and set up my tent It was more of a hippie commune and there was a music festival on and it seemed it was clothed optional So really my kind of place
I took a shower, then spa, the spa was so relaxing and I swam  and I felt do clean.  What s great place to relax. I cooked myself some dinner and lay in the sun by my tent later I went for a walk and brought a couple of cans of beer to help me relax  further
(They don’t sell alcohol on site  but you can get stoned lol)
I then brought a ticket to see the bands it was a great atmosphere reminiscent of the first festivals I used to go to before they became so commercial
I watched a few bands and then went skinny dipping in the  the pool for a moonlight swim.the warm water was so fantastic
The last band was called freedom and he was awsome and the place was alive he went on far longer than he should  but I loved the music
I wearily made my way back to my tent and off too zz


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