Day 37 heading to Damascus slowly

I woke to pouring rain and decided to use the bathroom first.

Then I packed as much kit into my pack as I could before trying to take my tent down from within.

It took a while as every thing was soaked but soon I was packed I wandered up to the hostel . Dan & Beth were having breakfast .I poured myself a coffee grabbed a banana and several nectarines and enjoyed the moment. I grabbed another coffee then filled my water bladder and I was ready but fancied I more lemonade so brought a tin which I quickly drained.

Some hikers were slackpacking this is where they are dropped up the trail with out their pack then hike back.

I personally think this is cheating or not in the spirit of hiking. But that’s my opinion.

It didn’t happen on the PCT but seems common on this trail.

As I made my way down the road I remembered my pizza in the fridge oh well I’m not going back now . I crossed the road and began the trail which took me around a beautiful lake or it would of been if the mist wasn’t hiding it

It was still pouring with rain as I followed the trail around the lake.

As I came to a junction I was confused on which way to go, as I was divering three American hikers came by( the ones who I met yesterday)

Straight on snail, I tagged onto their train and followed them for many miles as I liked their pace.

They eventually stopped for a break ,but i carried on . Eventually I came to the first shelter my lunch stop. I dropped my packed and was relaxing when the 3 Americans showed up.

I was tucking In to my snacks and rested . I was just about to leave when Beth and Dan turned up I chatted for a while then took off.

we discussed .milage. it rather what did I need to do.

Okay so 20 miles will take me here. or 23 will takeke me to.!!

I fancied the last option

I hadn’t gone far when it began to chuck it down. I pushed on pounding through the puddles.

I seem to be able to hike much faster in the rain. Maybe it was because the ground was soft.

Oh that I could switch my brain off but it did not seem long until the second shelter came into view.

I stopped signed the book and then pushed on . I was on a mission. I wanted that 23 miles . I wasn’t long past the shelter when the rain stopped and the sun tried to shine.

so I had to stop to take off my rain jacket as I was roasting.

I pushed on feeling much better .

I eventually came out by the road. as I looked around the trail head i noticed another hiker called Green bean sat on the fence We chatted for a moment before i crossed over the road.

The first mile had been especially designed for wheelchair users and so the gradient was very low as it snaked through the field.

At the end of this stretch was a view point with a actual perfect view of the mountains.

I sat on the bench for a no took a few snaps and then moved on . the next field had cows in the first that I had seen

I crossed into the field and followed huge stone blocks that marked the trail. The hours ticket by as my lrgs began to grow weary , now where is that shelter.

I came to water so automatically filled up. there was some nice aces to put my tent. But no I wanted that 23 miles so pushed on .

At last, okay need a place for my tent . But with there is space in the shelter.

As I made my way to it lady names 3 socks asked if I wanted to finish her spaghetti. I grabbed the packet and woofer the content.

I then set up my bed before cooking my own supper.

As we say there the mice began scurrying about in the rafters.Nice!

There were 5 of us in the shelter and soon we were all asleep.

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