I slept well knowing that I didn’t need to leave my room till 11am, and so continued dozing untill I needed to get going .
I got out of bed and stared at all the gear that still covered the floor .
All this “Stuff” needs to fit into Into my pack!! I reluctantly left a beer and bag of crisps.
I need to reduce my shopping by what i need rather than what I fancy, but it is still early days . At last I was packed, so wandered across the road to the outfitter to check on the shuttle times, The shuttle left at 11am , plenty of time so i headed back to my room gave my room one last sweep and the I could relax. I put on the TV and began to watch Free Willy until it was time to leave.
I hoisted my pack, and left my hotel room , headed back across the road and waited with the other Hikers. Outside the outfitter were a set of scales ,so I weighed my pack 45 Lb. Cool I had lost 10 Lb although I am sure that I can lose some more.
Soon I was l boarding one of the minibuses for the journey back to the trail.
it was a murky day as I arrived at Standing gap, I retrieved my pack and hoisted it up upon my back before setting off down the trail. I crossed over the road then began to climb . I had not gone far before I was soon roasting so had to stop to remove my rain jacket. I was soon climbing but at a reasonable pace. before I met two hikers coming towards me., sadly one of them had left his phone in the shuttle. Bummer.
I resumed walking until my watch chimed informing me that 2 hrs were up. I stopped to put on my knee braces and was just getting back on trail when another hiker zipped past me by, I set off after her but she we too fast for me.
Suddenly my right knee cried enough. WTF.. . I cried in dismay, you were fine yesterday Arrrh. Typically my meds were in the middle of my pack so I decided to hobble on.
Why is my knee hurting I kept asking myself. Eventually I came to a road and crossed. one the other side stood 2 hikers.
Have you seen our mate? they asked
No” I said I havent passed anyone!.
But while I was here I took the opportunity to take a quick break so dropped my pack.
I don’t suppose any of you guys have spare any ibuprofen?
yes one of the guys said and shook 3 tablets into my hand , that I promptly swallowed.I How far is it until the next shelter I asked ?
” it’s about 4.5miles the other hiker replied , and its up !!
That is too much information I laughed , standing up and putting on my pack.
Later guys I said and limped off and up .
Omg he was not kidding the trail kept snaking up, I climbed for over 2 hr before my knee said stop. I had passed a campsite when it began to rain so decided that it would do.
I quickly put up my tent up ( Not best effort) and threw in my gear. before changing out off my shorts and into my leggings, i was cold so put on my fleece to warm up before heading out to get water, I was still cold and decided that i would sleep with my food , I put on a brew then ,made supper .
As I lay in my tent I began to hear voices so presumed other hikers were having the same idea .
I decided to made hot chocolate to help me relax, the warm chocolate drink went down so well. Later went I for a wee, I noticed several other tents nearby, They must of had the same isea as me