As I was so impressed with my mileage yesterday I thought I would enjoy the luxury of lie in. I slept so well so lay dozing as the sun began to shine on my tent.
Aa 8 I got up went to visit the privy, basically a toilet sat in the woods.
After I lowered my food bag, I scuttled back to my tent where I made tea and Instant oats for breakfast .
I stripped my tent and was packed but decided that I would have another cuppa then i would be ready .I hoisted my pack and walked back to the shelter,said my good-byes I visited the stream to get water , whilst here I decided to wash my socks.
I then tied them to my pack and returned to the trail.
The trail started gentle but then wasnt long until the climbing began and of course it was steep , and so I was soon sweating like a pig and puffing like a train, OMG it was steep then once i was up it imeaditatley plunged straight down. So no views at the top WTF was the point of that , I muttered to myself. This was today’s agenda up and down for no apparent reason. it killed me .
There is an acronym for this and its called “PUDS” which stands for “Point;less Up and Downs !!”
I normally I like to do 4 hours before a break but this was killing me and so i needed to stop .I eventually stopped by a stream , topped up with water and scoffed a few snacks before renewing my climbing.
At last I came to the shelter, appartantly the water here had dried up and so none available , ” of the guys ran back down the trail to get water
There were about a dozen other hikers all flaked out from the climbing and the heat so I joined them. dropped my pack stripped off my soaking top and laid it out on the table then ate lunch before resting
One by one the other Hikers began to peel away. reluctantly I packed up and set off in pursuit. It was six miles to Town but i needed to climb a few more crazy hills first .
Again some of these climbs seemed pointless and due to low water I was trying to drink less. Not so much fun as the temperature began to rise, I slogged up another huge hill willing it to be the last. sadly it wasn’t and i still had several more.
At last I began to catch glimpses of Erwin or rather the river and railway. I stopped and watched a train crossing before continuing. It was 1 1/2 miles to go and it was down. all the way . As i decended the river began to grow louder and theni was standing on a road I fancied staying at a motel, but in front of me stood “uncle Johnnies hostel.
When I walked up, i could see many familiar faces and a beer was thrust into my hand . which i promptly drained, I equire about bunks but theywere all taken and camping was $17 inc shower. I paid my money ,then brought 6 new shimmy tent stakes.
I found myself a spot and put up my tent, then i wemt to checkout the hiker boxes.
NB THIS is where hikers ditch their excess food, kit and other stuff.
I was lucky a big batch of meals. so I added them to my food bag.I then went and joined the other smelly hikers on the veranda.
Hikers have a thing about beer and so as soon as they get to town everyone grabs a 20 pack of beer.
But normally are unable to drink t all and so it gets left in the fridge for other hikers so free beer ..Why thank you girls and boys
Earlier a group of hikers had taken the shuttle to walmart but as I was still finding my feet I didn’t go. But now i was hungry , one of the ladies then offers to take me and Robin hood to get. burger and shake.
She drops us off then says get me a shake then shes is off to get the guys from walmart .
I ordered 2 X fries and 2 X double bacon and cheese burger and banana shake.
OMG It was the best banana milk shake I had in ages, and the fries and burger also tasted so good . I struggled to eat as it was massive.
Once back at the Hostel ,I jumped in the shower , then when i was clean washed my stinky stuff before i returning to the veranda.
There was great wifi here so was able to upload and post my videos, which was a relief as I don’t like them all saved on my phone…..Just in case!!!
I chatted to old and new friends, toasted a friend’s father for sending him some good bourbon. toasted my late brother. drank a few more beers then bed.
I did 16 miles today and it’s tough so night all
mileage 16.7 miles
Remaining 1847 Miles