Day 44 Heading to Marion

Thurs 25th May

woke up early the two boys were also awake. I visited the loo then packed up  and hit the trail I had 10 miles to do, easy right !.
I hoisted up my pack and set off the trail was good and do as I marched I ate an apple that I had carried out
I felt good so was almost speeding down the trail and being in the forest it was lovely and cool as I pushed the miles. Eventually I came to a large bridge with a sign-in box .
I stopped signed my name then crossed over the wide bridge, once over I began the customary climb. I climbed for about an hour before the trail leveled out I was now cruising until I saw a familiar figure.
It was Pig Pen
“Great to catch you as I have been chasing you” I said
“You took your time Snail, But I knew you were close” she said
“Amy or Zippy is in front” She says  as she continues packing up
I say my  goodbyes and head off to chase Zippy down.
Today the  trail  seems to have  loads of “Puds ” Pointless ups and downs  and its rock that kills my feet .especially my right foot.
I push on for several hours until  my foot yells STOP.
My foot is killing me so I have to stop, I remove my shoes and stare at my foot I take 4 ibuprofen and put my shoe back on as Pig- pen comes by  looks at my foot says that’s looks painfull.
Pig-pen  is  staying  in Maruon in a hotel  with  her mum and  zippys   girlfreind  is  coming to stay  also .
How  much is  the hotel i ask ?
Its not cheap Snail she says  but  mum  has  paid ,
Maybe i could split  a room with Bob ?
Good  plan she says  and  haeds off

After  a 5 mins break I set off after her, as I seem to have extra power as I race long the trail and eventually emerge at a amazing shelter thats two stoty and has  power and a hot shower . I  keep walking  and soon i am at the visitor centre.
Hey are you going to town a voice says
Yes please
Then grab the yellow bus , once aboard i see  Bob, Pig Pen, Zippy and 3 other hikers .
Soon we are on route to Marion ,we pass all the trout hatcheries  that I  had learnt. about.The  other  hikers get  dropped off at various locations , we  get dropped  off at the hotel . I split a room with Bob and it’s expensive and very posh but lovely.
Once   in our room , I jump straight into the shower. once i am clean I select my less smelly clothes and we go for lunch
I have a side salad them an amazing beef sandwich washed down with 2 sprites .

after Bob and I grab a 6 pack each and go back to the hotel.
we sit on the balcany and drink our beer.
whilst here bob  notices a few freinds below  and waves  them up , we  have a small gathering  before  the  manager  decides  that  she  doesnt want us out  there .

later zippy s girlfriend and Pig-pens mum arrives so we head out for dinner and more ale .

so many beers later it’s bedtime

Start 524
Finish 548
mileage 20 miles
Remaining 1666 Miles


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