I thought we were all leaving together at 7.30 but when I emerged from my tent at 6.30 Timberline was packed and ready to go.well its one thing that I have learnt out here and that’s not to rush so I watched him go.
Then packed up at a leisurely pace..I was ready to go at the sane time as Snakebite so we wandered off down the road together looking for the trail.
At the far end of the camp was a great shot of a mountain so I walked towards the lake to get a better view
Sleeping on the beach was heidrick ,Freedom and two other hikers whose name escapes me..Morning guy’s then back to the trail. Snakebite was being very cautious about which way to go I just hoped I was right and ploughed on lol .guess I must of been right as snakebite soon came cruising past me.i strolled on at my normal pace until I came to snakebite standing in a dirt road looking confused again. SO again I just ploughed on and then several minutes later he cruised past me which made me laugh. Soon I caught up with snakebite again standing on another dirt road with several forks Again I just ploughed on and found myself in a horse camp..its like a camp site but its just for horses and so you have the drive in for your horse trailer then there is a corral for your horses a fire ring a picnic bench and space for a few tents.although most of the horse trailers out here in the USA have built in accommodation they are LUSH!!.
As I walked through a lady said would you like a cinnamon roll
Why of course I would . we chatted away to her and her friends eating her cakes and talking about horses until snake bite arrived he does make me smile hes from.Alabama and I love his southern drawl. .I set off again as the lady had told me where the trail was. Several minutes later snakebite cruised past me yet again making me smile.see you in shelter Cove and get me a beer
I marched on but then had to stop and coat myself in deet as the mossies were driving me nuts arrrrhhhh
Two hours later I stopped for breakfast and a sit down the sun was now out and it was warm .I guessed I was about 4 miles away from Shelter cove so there was no hurry. Time to walk. Soon I came to Diamond lakes so beautiful and unspoiled, I paused for a few moments then walked on .the trail now began to drop and I could hear the sound of rushing water and soon I could see the Creek .I took a few snaps although I guess I have a few hundred of rushing creeks lol.
Tap tap tap the guys from last nights camp had finally caught me up .I pulled over to let them pass as i’m never in a hurry and watched them go
Oh time for log jumping again and a lot of crawling under,not far now I thought as several hikers passed me going south. Then I stopped to chat to two American couples. They were actually staying in shelter cove.
I crossed the railway line and i’m here whoop whoop now where is the shop. As I walked up to the shop Blue sky’, Juicy and Hirobics cheered .Grams took my photo and then Juicy thrust a cold beer into my hand which I necked.
These stops are such good fun
There was the guy’s above.plus Timberline. Freedom. Hendrick. Snakebite and about 6 others I didn’t know.i grabbed a six pack ,signed for my resupply box ordered a pizza and then went to join the guys on the deck.
To the amusement of all my hiker mates I have brought yet another fishing pole.There is a long story attached to fishing poles but ill save that for later.so yes I have yet another POLE OR ROD
I then Plugged all my devices into socket to charge up,then i could relax
The first two beers slipped down so easily. I sorted through my box what a lot of stuff where’s it going to go.Oh pizza I scoffed it and washed it down with more beer
Hirobics, Bluesky Juicy and Grams had gotten there early so were now ready to leave …See you up the trail guys
As we were all sitting chatting and chilling the thunder returned bringing rain I sat it out for a while .then put on my packs rain coat
Okay snail lets go .I hoisted my pack onto my back OMG That is heavy and i’m away as I marched out of the gate my old mate Foxxy appeared good to see you Foxxy. We chatted a while then I made my way back to the trail
The rain had stopped but the thunder kept rumbling so I quickened my pace.i wasnt going to go far maybe just five miles out and a good day tomorrow. I walked on struggling with my pack .yes its my fault I carry too much food and far too much water but that’s how I prefer it. AsI walked I came to three more amazing lakes. I felt like a dip. I felt like trying my new pole I felt like putting up my tent and staying. But no I needed more miles so reluctantly I walked on .I’ll walk to six I said to myself .ping 5 pm mm an hour to go,i strolled on till my watch pinged 6pm then began to look for a camp site.ah that will do nicely bit close too the trail. But I don’t care lol.
I put up.my tent and made tea.mm so refreshing. Then couscous for tea with tuna. Bacon bits and pumpkin seeds yummy..That was followed by a mocha then time to retreat into the tent away from the mossies