21st May 18 Monday.
I woke early and dozed. getting up at 7.30 to go get coffee.
I returned to my dorm and packed up. once packed I took my pack down and put it in the lobby. I then put the rest of my change into the cash box .
Okay chores I set off to the post office I posted a box of miscellaneous stuff to friend Tartan and then sent some maps home so my kids can track me if they want. job done , I headed to the pharmacy and presented my prescription. They then said if had rang the number they would of opened up for me !!! Arrhhh.
They handed me a orange container with my previous tablets in . I whooped under my breath as I made .y way back to the hostel. grabbed my pack and hoisted it onto my back.
I set off along the creeper tail which is an old train route that has been turned into a cycle route . it used to be the AT once but the At now follows a new route that joins up with this in 8 miles time. But this trail is a low gradient. I hiked this to give my foot chance to recover.
This trail took me through some great parts of town. parts I should have explored at the weekend. I hiked on
I then i recognised 2 people walking towards me .. it was Whitety and Carmen
Hi guys where are you going ?
Whitety said that he had left his phone at Dan and Beth’s so that’s where he was going Carmen was headi g to the P.O..
See you up the trail guys as I know Whitety is fast.
I hiked on until I came to a car park with toilet and bins.. I was just about to leave when a man came running over. I have trail magic . I waited and he appeared with fruit Gatorade and beer. I woofed a beer then a big green truck appeared and two men appeared to be fishing from it.
a what they were actually doing was restocking the river with brown trout. They breed them up in Marion and then release them all along the river. I was fascinated and they were both chatty.
Time to walk. it was now getting hot. But in the distance I could hear the rumble of thunder. mmm will I get wet.
It began to drizzle so I stopped and put my rain cover over my pack and then Bang and crash and it began to chuck it down .
I am used to the rain so pushed on . a group of hikers past me by so I began to pace them . But as the rain got heavier they detoured maybe to a cafe.
I pushed on and on the trail now began to get very wet and covered in roots my foot began to hurt again bugger bugger . I stopped and checked my map.
Not far to the shelter , good I think that will do me
I pushed on .. tents I can see tents. whoop and there is the shelter and there was Speedy.
Hi speedy I said
The shelter was full but most were moving on or camping so I put out my bed and then made tea .
I then went to get water , as I went it was then that I missed my plastic cup. But hey I’ve made the choice.
I returned and began to cook my tea . as I cooked more people arrived and others left. some of the guys made a fire and it was a fairly good atmosphere.
But I was done.