Hawks campsite to hooch.
I woke about 3am but didnt emerged from my tent until 7 .30. I visited the privy left a donation. I then removed my food from the bear box and headed back to my tent.
I put my stove together and put water on to boil . I was so looking forward to my first cuppa of the day to revive my aching body
As I broke camp. Mike (sandles) was already packed but Joe next door was still sleeping. I made tea, that tasted so good. As I sat drinking my tea, the German man came past we chatted for a while then I finished packing, but then decided to make another brew. Joe finally emerged and offered me some sun block Thanks Joe.
At last I am away and shortly join the trail .I march on but the trail is gnarly and crap.
I am unable to get any rhythm so walk slowly . it’s seems to take forever until I reach the turn to Hawk shelter, the one we should have stayed at yesterday if only we could read !!.
I pushed on catching and passing several hikers , always a good sign . At last the rocky trail stopped and normal hiking could begin, but sadly not for long. The trail began to climb and it was a steep climb up that was quickly followed by a steep and this was repeated several times .The ups getting steeper but the downs were worse as they killed my knees
I eventually caught up with Jonathan, he had stayed at the shelter, but every body had camped due to the numerous mice that lived there !!
At last a nice part of trail enabling me to get a bit of speed up. This enabled me to at last take some video.
As i began to descend into a gap i could see the German man and Jonathan . were there we said our hellos then I pushed on and up.
God the ups were steep and Ialmost ground to an halt. I chugged down some lemonade and shuffled on and up puffing and panting. It was hot very hot and no shade.
A group of 4 hikers zipped past me past me and disappeared into the distance. whixh is always depressing . I pushed on, at last the trail be gan to level out and i could increase my spped once again
As i walked i began to hear water to my right and began to drop down through the tres and eventually arrived at the banks of the watert. The four Hikers that had passed me , were just moving on after filling up with water . I crossed the river and dropped my pack, took off my shoes and socks before soaking my feet into the cool waters. it was heven.
I filled up and was resting when several other hikers appeared. they were heading for goo xxx. another 4 miles.
I pondered for few minutes before deciding that I too could make that . I hoisted my pack and strolled off down the trail. I passed the camp at mile 8 that was my original target for te day and kept going.. I hope this isn’t a mistake I muttered to myself.!
God it was hot as I pounded down the trail, I slurped my water, but it was no good I needed to stop again as it was roasting. i topped up my water and washed my face.
I now had plenty of water ,but was beginning to run out of energy.
Flat spot with a tree thats what i now need !! At last, this will do its a bit exposed on a mountain but i am done . I put up my tent and collapsed. I’m done
The view . from my tent .
Okay ,my next chore was to hoist my food or hang my food.
I had practiced this a few times in the uk ,
But when i came to doing iot for real i was utterly crap.
Finally try 23 i got the rope over the bloody tree and wa sable to hang my food bag
I quickly scoffed my supper and straight to bed ZZZZZ