Slept like a log, too well as I didn’t want to get up …
I fired up my stove made tea then packed up and was on the trail by 7.
First chore finish the climb from yesterday with fresh legs,as I began to climb I could see that I was heading into snow.
This could be fun I said to myself.
Higher and higher I went encountering many drifts that needed crossing, luckily as it was early the snow was hard.
Once at the top ,the views were spectacular, On the other side several very wide snow fields lay ahead.
Oh well I thought here goes, I began to make my way across the first one, but kept stopping to take photos. Behind me in the distance another hiker appeared, although I couldn’t see who it was until she got closer. It was freedom. We crossed the next field together but as Freedom walks like a gazelle I couldn’t keep up so decided to let her go as I was in No rush and enjoy taking in the scenery.
I was standing staring when Shredder appeared .
We walked together for a while catching up on the gossip until I needed a leak!.
Catch you at Olallie lakes
Funny my maps were telling me its mainly downhill today but I am still climbing and I was puffing a little I checked my watch almost four hours must be time for breakfast
I ate cereal and rested, I was just about to start when Wilm caught me
See you at Olallie lakes and Get the beers in.
Okay snail he shouted as disappeared off into the distance
I plodded on stopping every now to eat blueberries yummy.
I finally arrived at the lakes. Sitting at the picnic bench was Foxxy, Shredder, Freedom. Wilm and another lady.
I grabbed some beers and relaxed for an hour. The lady in the shop treated us to a whole fresh Pineapple. Grapes. french Beans so tasty.
The next part of the Trail was closed due to Forest fire so the diversion was a long road walk of 21 miles. Road walks are tough on the feet but it was the only option.
I walked out with Foxxy, It was a soft dirt road at first, but eventually became tarmac. We walked along but as the time ticked by my knee began to hurt ,that’s not good
Eventually we came to a turn off and here was a water cash for us hikers.
I filled up as the next flat spot I come to would be my camp. I walked with foxy for over an hour until the perfect spot for me appeared.
Maybe i will see you at Timberline Foxxy
I cleared the ground then my tent was up As I was getting organised I heard voices on the road. It was freedom, Shredder and Wilm I thought that they were ahead but they had been swimming. See you up the trail guys then i watched them leave.
I made my diner then straight to bed