Day 102 Omg a great moment and another 30 mile. Day

24th July
Well I slept so well and  woke feeling so pleased that I had a bit of a lay in. I eventually emerged and broke camp seems hikers were streaming past me this morning.  .just before moving off I remembered oh my memory card was full so it needed changing !!
I slung my pack onto my back and headed for the trail. Mm I thought its bloody cold. Yes it’s bloody cold.i know I am in the forest but its bloody cold. I need my gloves which  are at the bottom of my pack. Note to self make sure gloves are in coat pocket
I walked on  moaning to myself that my hands were cold and willing the suns rays to break through. .Deer. Morning Dear I laughed to myself as she tried to hide   behind a tree. I can still see you I shouted. .it stopped me thinking about my hands for a few moments .
Bear !!!!! there’s a bear  in front t of me a black bear, I cautiously looked around just in case mummy  was near   then slowly i reached for my camera he fled up a tree.
Brilliant for me as I could actually film him (or her) Again it is amazing how quickly these magnificent creatures can zip up a tree
I filmed fir a few moments then let him be I was so so happy I’ve seen a few but have  never been quick enough or have frozen in panic
I felt so pleased with my self. I had to stop a little way down the path to check out the footage. Yes Omg its fantastic. Off I marched with a huge grin on my face..Further up the trail I passed two girls who were section hiking north. We said hello then I marched on. They later past me when I was taking Breakfast. At last the sun was out but I had forgotten about my cold hands after seeing the bear.
Water was my next chore. And as I got  near I could hear voices..Hi snail came a voice it was Turtle (torgue) one of the ladies who were hiking together from the Tarzan get together. Her friend sadly had to
drop out due to bad blisters. But hopes to. be back..There were two other new hikers both wearing the same trainers as me cool and also Hi-robiics was there I met her in Ashland the other day.
As I went to get water Rock steady arrived. He has  been poorly in Ashland for several days.we said our hellos then off I went
The trail seemed busy today leapfrogging other hikers  and meeting other day hikers coming the other way.
Soon it was lunch time. And I stopped to chill and eat  . Several hikers passed me  but I’d probably catch them   later
Time to walk  well walk if you can call it that. I spent the whole of the afternoon climbing over or around or crawling under trees.i would say over 50 some took some getting over ,.I know the Pct is maintained by volunteers but. Guys  its knackering. .At last the  trail headed down and I could get some speed up but every few yards there was another tree then it was climbing time I wasn’t really looking at my mileage   as the climbs were steep .but wow again some fantastic scenery as I was staring  Hi-robiics came past she was fast and was soon gone.
The terrain began to get rough similar to yesterday but no path and different rock. .This brought my pace to a halt. Typical I was tired my legs ached a  now this   I plodded on looking for a nice place to take a break. I sat in the shade ate a snack and  chilled.  My goal today was 22 miles. Yes that will do  Then Rock steady past me .see you up  the trail
I set off again I had enough water to dry camp but more would be nice
I was climbing again fantastic views but I was tired .But up I still went higher and higher across narrow paths and  higher. Down would be good I said to myself eventually I crossed over the saddle At last  yes it was down and hopefully water and camp .down the switchbacks I went but slowly as it was very loose gravel down and down spiraling down
Then through a small forest and hurrah water , I filled both bottles  and look there is a campsite. But then I thought it’s only 5pm I can do another hour at least so off I wandered down  the trail. The sun was warm and I was feeling good  plenty of time I said to myself. I must of zoned out as I was moving and soon ping it was 6pm. I checked my GPS OMG ive done 26 miles.I think I can do 30 miles again so I went for it

Come on Snail trainer 2 x 30 miles in a row you can do this
I pushed on and  on  the miles were flying. I passed Rock steady  who was camped up. I   shouted at him I’m on for another 30 and zoomed by . Typical the terrain now got Shitty but I was in the zone and raced on hoping there  would be a great campsite just past my target.  Come on I said as I checked the GPS half a  mile to go then yes i’ve done it again whoop whoop whoop
Two 30 miles. In two days  I walked on a little further so pleased with myself then made camp

 

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A Bear

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