6th May 2018
After a very late night of karaoke I woke in the night and needed the loo so walked back over to the Hostel, not realising that there were toilets in the chapel. O my way I met a skunk, who made me jump as he scuttled along in front of me
I eventually woke at 7. but dozed till 8.30.
Okay I really need to ‘re organize my pack and so I emptied the entire contents out all over the floor, stared at it for 5 minutes for beginning to sort through my gear and then replaced it back into my pack.
“You heading out Snail” asked a few of my buddies.
even though it was still raining i was keen to crunch some miles .
“I am thinking about it” I replied, hoisting my pack and grabbing my trash and headed out of the chapel and back to the hostel. I was greeted by my fellow hikers who were Sat outside. Tarzan had a jar of pickled green beans
“Try one snail! he said offering me the jar
They were actually really good, so I had a few more.
I dumped my rubbish and refilled my water bladder then I was ready.
I hoisted my pack and was just leaving when several of my friends asked me what I was shooting for. (what mileage )
“First shelter 10 ish miles” I replied.
I set off down the steep hill towards town. It had rained earlier so everything was still damp.
I made my way through town passing by a restaurant advertising great breakfasts. There were several hikers sat outside, and the waft of food was very tempting but it was 11 am and I wanted to bank some miles. At the en d of town I crossed over the railway, just past the tracks was were the music festival was held.
There were monstrous camper vans leaving so it was very busy. as I followed the road that eventually crossed over the river. This is where I rejoined the trail.
Once across the bridge the trail decent down to the river, I followed the river for several miles before turning sharply left and up. The trail imeaditalyy began to climb and steeply , In places I had to pull my self up but wow what amazing views of the town .
I continued on and up then the rain returned but only fine drizzle. although the wind was chilly. The rain then began to get heavier and then there were rumbles of thunder. Maybe i am a bit reckless but several hikers decided to turn around and get off of the mountain as they were very afraid of the lightning .
I pushed on and continued climbing as the rain lashed down, at last I began to descend but due to the rain very slippery especially the steep parts
I pushed on and on crunching miles, at last the sun returned and the temperatures quickly begun to rise especially as I was now beginning to climb once again .
I was pushing but the time seemed to be slowing down or maybe yesterdays late night of karaoke was having its effect and so I decided to stop for lunch.
I enjoyed a few snacks and my rest, before returning back to the trail
I pushed on and continued climbing , I spent the next few hours climbing .
At last I began to hear voices and then the shelter came into view . THere were about a dozen tents dotted around the shelter, bear lines and more tents upon a small hill.
I walked up the hill and scanned the area, found a spot and dumped my gear.
Where’s the water I asked
it’s a fair way so get plenty came the replies ,
So I took my bladder and bottles and yes it was a longish walk down hill.
Once back I began to put up my tent ,I put down the footprint, then emptied out my tent. Fuck bollocks I have no tent stakes. .
Dam I must have left them in the Chapel at Hot-Springs , although i went through all of kit guess
My tent is free-standing but I like to peg it out. I managed to beg 2 stakes off of other hikers and pegged out the rest with sticks and stones
I was just chilling when Jess and Dan appeared, and they set up their tents by mine
There was about 20 tents around us by the time we cooked dinner . It was nice to have their company ,as we chatted together until it was time for bed.
But first I needed to hang my food, As there were so many people here the bear lines were packed and almost needed two people to hoist them up and down.
Once that was done I got into my tent and caught up on my journal.
I lay on my pad and began writing then drank my beer that I carried out then it was bed time.
mileage 11 miles
Remaining 1906 Miles