I slept well ,waking to a lovely morning, my fly was a bit damp due to condensation, but it wasn’t soaked.
I put on a brew,followed by a bowl of instant oats before getting ready to hit the trail. I was soon packed and hoisted up my pack.
I knew I had a few climbs early well that’s as far as I dared look.
I was soon back on trail and continued my way. It wasn’t long until I arrived at some pylons that one of my fellow hikers was aiming for.
It was a great view if I could only erase the pylons out of the picture.
I pushed on and began climbing, it was already warm and so I was soon puffing and panting as I struggled up my first climb eventually emerging
out into a lovely meadow , Wow so pretty. I went to take a drink,Nothing , dam I thought my hose must be kinked. Once I start hiking I do not like to stop but I was hot and thirsty so had no choice .
I dropped my pack and checked the hose which yes was kinked.
I adjusted it then threw my pack up onto my shoulders but FUCK !!!
As I slung up my pack I accidentally stood on the hose ripping off the bite valve, which shot into the air and into the Unknown . Immediately my precocious water began to leak all over the ground. I moved quickly to stem the leak and dropping my pack. Once that was done I began a fruitless search for the bite valve. After 20 minutes I gave up.
Losing my bite valve was a complete pain as I like to hike without stopping but without it I will need to stop more often to refill my water bottles Arrrhhh.
But what is done is done , maybe I can get another today ?I hiked on and to my next climb, I was a bit concerned as I was fairly low on water and it was 5 miles until the next, Oh well I thought I just need to take it easy.
I had just started climbing when I came across a hiker named Brear Rabbit.
Did you see the water, He asked?
No I hadn’t,
Its just across the road he said ,
As I didn’t think could do 5 miles in the sun and whilst climbing I though it only wise to go back and get some. I thanked him and made my way back down the mountain. quickly found the water that I hadn’t spotted earlier.
I topped up my bottles then set off back up the mountain.
I soon caught Brear Rabbit as he was slower than me, I thanked him again for the Info and pushed on
As I came over the summit I noticed a tree that was decorated, it was a shrine of memorial to a young lad who had died very young. I paused to read the tribute’s, which were very moving. While here I took a 10 min break too. Whilst resting Brear Rabbit appeared we chatted some more.
I pushed on and was soon in my stride, my goal was Cherry Gap shelter which was about 6 miles away .But due to the missing valve , i was slower as I had to keep stopping to top up with water, which was a complete pain .
At 12 pm I decided to take lunch as I was struggling , but that was mainly because I kept stopping to chat to people ,
After lunch I was in a better mood as I came to Cherry Gap shelter, but I wanted more miles so continued.
My new target was now 5 miles away, as I began to drop down I met another hiker going southbound, He was a professor (teacher) we chatted a bit and explained about my Bite valve.
To my amazement he had one that he didn’t use. After 5 minutes rummaging through his pack he produced the bite valve.
Thank you, thank you so much I was so grateful.
I continued on with a huge smile on my face.
The rest of the day was a roller coaster of ups and downs and ups and downs. Eventually the Clyde Smith Shelter came into view,
as I arrived Bumble Bee and her Hubby were here, another hiker called nopoles handed me water as i looked very warm.
I thanked him and drained it , Thanks so much i said .
I then went and found a spot , as i walked past the shelter i spotted handstand , and several new hikers that I didn’t know .
I set up my tent then went to get water , whilst here i washed my socks and myself before heading back. One of the girls was cooking dinner on a log so i went and joined her, Then another Girl called Amy joined us ..
After dinner i hung by back then hit my bed
Considering the day i had i was pleased to get here
mileage 17.8 miles
Remaining 18 Miles