Thank you Jess for the sleeping pills and with my earplugs I slept so well.
It was a freezing morning so I quickly visited the privy before scuttling back to my tent. I began to pack and made tea. I woofed 2 breakfast bars then dropped my tent. it was still very quite at this end of the camp site.
I was wearing my rain jacket and two other layers as I headed out and for a change I was decending . As as soon as I got out of the wind it was hot, Phew it was hot and it was still early ,but as I had just started I did not want to stop again . For the first hour it was small hills and then I climbed another monster, so it was all ahead slow. i chugged up and up oh my god this is brutal. well brutal for a fat, unfit, 57 year-old. on and on it went. At last I made it to the top, slurped a big mouthful of lemonade and set off down the other side. typical steep.rocky and slippery I decended for about an hour. so expected another big climb next . Sure enough i was soon climbing again and it was now hot, roasting in fact . I stopped to take off my rain jacket and woolly hat . should I remove my shirt?..i will leave it for now.
I popped a Jolly Rancher into my mouth and pushed on .Jolly Ranchers are american boiled sweets and i just love them.
The trail was being kind and I was in one of the green corridors that seem to go on forever ,I’m sure that they are lovely when in bloom. but in this state thety are more of a prison .I pounded along looking at my watch, i had been hiking for 4 hours and needed a break.
At last i spied a nice spot, dropped my pack and then lay down my tyvek .
I lay on my Tyvek and relaxed taking off my shoes and socks . I ate a few snacks and then devoured the apple that i had been carrying it was delicious. .
After 30 minutes break I was back on trail.
I knew it was going to be a tough afternoon as there were several more big climbs I plodded on and on and up , why are these climbs so steep and so long .
It was no good I needed another break, i stopped and chugged 1/2 litre of lemonade straight down. These climbs really sapped my energy.
4 miles to go………
2 miles to go
Thank God I’m here. or rather the sign post.. as the shelter is a fairway off trail. but I was here. The 2 nurses from the last shelter were also here..Cheats lol.
The shelter here was very nice it was vast a three story affair and it had the luxury of several large bear boxes to store our food so no hanging required
I quickly put up my tent made tea and the relaxed, in the late sun