it rained throughout the night.but I slept well waking only to have a wee.
At 7am it was throwing it down. mmm I thought I may be staying here all day . I could see another tent through the fog. I must have dozed off as later woke and it was 9.
when I peered out of my tent, the other tents had gone.
What shall I do I pondered as it was too wet to take my tent down. I decided that i would pack up so if the rain stops so that it remained fairly dry
But as i waited and waited i began to get impaitent as i was losing valuble hiking hours , Bugger it i said to myself and let down my pad, rolled it up. then i packed up my sleeping bag. I wassoon packed, but the rain didn’t want to stop. come on Snail you can not waste a day. Then I thought about what Dan & Beth had said about dropping their tent from beneath. Its wortha try i decided to myself ,I unclicked the tent from the fly. hey I was rather impressed. I could then roll it up leaving the fly and the footprint whoop not a bad effort for my first attemp . I rolled up the foot print before stuffing the fly into a dry bag to keep my other kit dry. Brilliamt i am ready and felt slightly smug as I walked back to the trail , It was 11am, Not good but not a complete waste of a day.
I hadn’t gone far when my right knee began to complain. bugger bugger come on knee you have had a good nighrts rest
The trail continued to climb and I was glad that I stopped when I did last night as I didn’t see anywhere else to camp. Eventually I emerged on top of a hill , it was still rainly and foggy but i could just about make out a monument. I went to take a look but as it was freezing rain I didn’t stop long. From this point the trail climbed for the rest of the day and with the pouring rain there was nothing to see. With the continuous rain the trail was like a river so it was not long before I gave up on trying to keep my feet dry and just splashed my through. Every now and then my knee would shout stop. and i had to take a 5 minute break ,before I was able to convince it to go on.
As i was taking time out “Her Dudeness” passed me and was gone. I tried to ctach her but she was afast and wasnt having knee issues , i then began to hear voices and came to a camp of about 5 tents.
The blond English girl was here, I waved and pushed on, trying to increase my pace but as the trail seemed to continusly climb speed for me was difficult.
After an hour I reached the next shelter whoop, but my target was 2 more miles but my knee was giving me so much pain ,only two more miles i pleaded with my knee
When your tired and in pain the trail the trail never easy or helpful. I continued climbing until at last the trail began to decend, but it was awful to walk down
At last a camp.
As it was still poring with rain i put my up in reverse and was really pleased with my effort ,except that I am on a slope! oh well.
I went and got water then quickly put on a brew. I was still a bit cold and so got into my bag wet, hoping my body heat would dry me but as my bag was also slightly too damp it didnt really help WE both really could use some sun,well actually everything is damp.
I eventually made dinner, pasta and tuna followed by hot chocolate before climbing back into my bed, Outside the rain continued to pour