Not sure if its been that volcanic rock or the road walk but my right knees is a little tender . I slept well but didn’t want to leap out of bed, eventually I emerged and packed up hitting the dam road just gone seven
I was pleased that it was cool with a gentle breeze as I plodded up the road ,this was a 21 mile road detour. and i wasn’t quite sure what I had covered last night but the remainder was waiting for me.This road seemed to go on forever well it probably did as every corner that i rounded the road snaked away ..As I got to the top of one hill it ran away to another,i said a few rude words and pounded on. Oh a car I can hear a car,I put out my thumb but it whooshed by oh well.
I pounded that road hour by hour,its going to be a long long day. Then I saw a hiker coming the other way hi ya ..She was a sobo I wished her luck and returned to the crappy road plod plod plod another hour pinged by then another ping,right breakfast. I slurped down water then munched my cereal, but the road was still there staring at me.
Okay road I shouted I put in my ear buds turned up the volume hit the road and zoned out ,as I was coming down one hill the amazing Mount Hood appeared in front of me bloody wow. Its an another amazing mountain. .soon I was nearing the trail head hurrah.
Yes i’m back on the soft warm trail. Whoop whoop whoop. I almost ran into a pair of section hikers as I was laughing to myself opps I carried on then again OMG there was a huge lake Timothy Lake, Man made but bloody huge and crystal clear blue waters. The trail follows it for many miles there were several boats moored along its shores. One similar to an old friends boat white with blue canvas roof. Could of been hers I smiled .The trail now became busy,day hikers, walkers with their dogs many people on horseback.phew.lol
I stopped at a creek and filled up with water then washed my socks
The trail is lined with huckleberry bushes and I began stopping every few yards to fill my gob with these tasty berries i’m still not sure what the difference is between a huckleberry and blueberry but il find out, But they are bloody tasty
I then met another family we were busy chatting away when shredder and Freedom past by see you guys.
I then set off after them but then they stopped for lunch. .I marched off singing stupid song’s very loudly till my throat hurt lol.i was enjoying this part of the section when I recognised a hat atop a resting hiker.it was Timberline,hi mate I said
chatted awhile, he asked about my time in Bend. I told him of the great hospitality that I enjoyed and chilled out time.We hiked on together for several hours before I needed a break.Timberline was camping several miles on at some lakes. I wanted to try and get to a place called Timberline so I could do the buffet breakfast in the morning. It was 12 more miles but I was hoping to get to at least 4 miles from it
I took my break then set off again ear buds in music up, high full speed ahead. I was going for it but several hours in shredder crept up behind me and scared the shit out of me !!!
Thanks MATE !!!
Then Freedom appeared. How far you going snail asked shredder. I plan to do 1 more hour unless a camp spot appears first. .I watched them both go as they are just so fast and I thought I was hiking fast. .I came to a busy main road and crossed the trail then headed up .mmmm I thought I don’t think i’m going to find a flat spot up there. Oh well I said to myself and pushed on Now and then i caught a glimpse of Mount Hood through the trees,a magnificent mountain covered in snow..i’m not sure if I get much closer to it ?. Up and up and up I went but nowhere for a tent especially not my tent. My watch pinged I had done my extra hour and still nowhere for my tent. Up and up and up will that do,No not really .Up and up at last, It was a bit of a compromise but I was tired so it will have to do
Tent up not that level but i’m tired just then Wilm came by .I told him shredder & Freedom were about an hour ahead. See you for breakfast I shouted and beer wilm shouted back.
Breakfast is at 7am .I’ll be there I shouted back.
I brewed tea and ate supper the cup of tea tasted Delicious so I had another
OMG I just checked my milage iv’e done 35 miles is that right. Must of been that uneventfully crappy road walk lol.okay bed I have to be up early to get to breakfast bit like beer legs lol