I slept fairly well even though there were some heavy snores in the camp site.
I woke around 7 am and could hear the chatter of other hikers. it’s no good I need to join them so emerged from my tent to another glorious day.
I visited the loo which I had been putting off as it’s not the nicest of places, job done so then I went and made tea that certainly revived me. Breakfast was a couple of power bars that I greedily ate.
I began to break camp, it will take me a few weeks to get it slick as I need to be faster especially with wet weather..
OKAY all done, let’s go. I hoisted my pack and felt the tinge of pain as my back accepted the weight, then I was off and on the Trail by 9am.
After the briefing we were advised not to expect big miles and to take it easy for several weeks and so I do not need the early starts yet.!!
The trail was going to be mostly down today but finishing with an up .
The first part of the trail was awful, strewn with rocks and slabs of granite so slow was safe so that you didn’t trip or fall. I shortly caught big Mike there were about 5 Mike’s in camp last night. I past him and carried on .
At last the Trail became walk able and I was able to increase increased my speed, this part of the trail was beautiful and oh so peaceful. As I hiked on , the trail passed through a lush green tunnel and I could hear the sound of water cascading below, now and then I caught sight of the water as it tumbled over rocks. Water seems very plentiful on this trail (so far) so I am probably carrying too much, but I would rather not stop to keep filling up.
The trail was still heading down which I like but i knew it ended with a large up!!
I decided to hike for 2 hours then have lunch something I did not do yesterday.
I kept glancing at my watch untill my watch pinged , great lunch time. I dropped my pack took off my shoes and relaxed.
I ate tortillas with cheese and ham washed down with lemonade, an apple or orange would have been perfect but i hadn’t packed any heavy fruit out
I added lemonade to my water which I had been meaning to do for a while .
I took a longish break until a German hiker similar to me came past we chatted for a while comparing kit then he was gone.I will have 5 more minutes .
I decided to remove my shirt as its so hot. I really needed some sun cream but I hadnt packed any . I put on my shoes, hoisted my pack and began to walk. My hips hurt and I had a stitch but I walked on. I had walked 4 miles so 4 more to go much better than yesterday although my body was complaining and the sweat dripped into my eyes stinging them , but i still plodded on .
I can’t do hills my body just sulks, and my pace drops but once on the flat I race to make up the time.
Mike then passed me, this Mike is hiking in flip flops respect to him. I follow him for a while until the next hill where he pulls away , but then I catch him up on the straight. The mad fool then decides to try barefoot. Big mistake!!. as the trail becomes full of jagged rocks so i easily pass him. I am cruising down the trail until my right foot begins to get hot.Bugger I need to stop and address it as i do not want to get a blister.
Oh a sign, campsite and water. another hiker appears and we confirm this is the target for today. We set off on this side trail passing a bear box and a privy with tent pads. we seem to be descending too far.. Guys am I wrong ?
Yes this is not the shelter, but just a campsite but I need water so I continue on until I reach the stream were I fill up . It’s a long way back to the trail and so I decide to camp just past the privy with the bear box and almost back to the trail
I choose spot no 7 and my tent is soon up.
i get out my solar panel and plug in my phone making the most of the sun.
I lie in the sun for a bit then worry about getting burnt so slink back into my tent .
I must have nodded off. as when i emerged it was 4 pm. Time for tea although its a bit early. but I am parched.
How amazing is tea and i am soon revived and refreshed and i had had a better day. r okay supper, I go for a Idaho mash. not my favourite but it’s a change. I add a few splashes of chilli sauce and bacon bits and soon my pot is empty.
it’s still far too early so I make hot chocolate that i quickly drink as it tastes so good that’s so good
Its far too early so i decide to take another nap in my tent.
When i awake i try to get organised, I sort out my gear , try and get some sort of routine before relaxing
milage 8 Miles