Day 46 leaving Marion.

Friday 35th

I woke and stepped over all the bodies that we had acquired last night. It’s a hiker tradition to grant the floor to your hiker friends. ha ha .

I had a quick shower a d went down to breckfast. it was continental but I could have sctambled or waffles. I went with the eggs. when I worked I drank two vats of coffee and a few glasses of oranges juice.

several rounds of toast and a yoghurt. The eggs came and that too was scoffed.

I went back to the room the bodies were awake and packed

I put the rest of my gear into my pack. rinsed out my bladder and refilled it with clean water,added some lemonade mix then put that into my bladder. okay Bob see you downstairs .

I hoisted up my pack and left the room and took the lift.

At reception I asked the lady if I could use the computer .

Of course she said that is what it is there for.

I touched the keyboard and it woke up. I signed into Google and printed of the returns form for my socks.

Bob then appeared. hold on Bob there’s a bank across the road I will get you some money.

We crossed the street and I went into the bank to use the Atm. It was rather a clever machine. I paid Bob then we walked and looked at the memorial day tribute.

after we walked down the road together until Bob came across a coffee shop.

See you up the trail Snail he said.

Likewise Bob I replied.

I needed to resupply and so was heading to Walmart 2 miles on the other side of town.

my pack felt good but will shortly be heavier.

it was a long walk on. the hot path .I crossed the railway lines and just kept going . I crossed the road .something that always makes me nervous out here. as I crossed a police car came by .so I waited .but he then stopped and waved me across.

I huffed and puffed up the road then I spied a grocery store. That will do snail. I walked up grabbed a basket and began to explore the isles.

Ilove how it’s laid out . I put my normal on or sides in my basket and then a bag of couscous for a change. salami. cheese.hot chocolate more lemonade mix . sweets . a bottle of soda. some bagels

Think.that will do it. then I sat out side decanting my food into ziplocks. severral peolle stopped go say hi and to ask if i was through hiking and to wish me luck.

finally I guzzeld my soda and I was ready.

I crossed back over the 4 lane road and stuck put my trusty thumb.

Instantly a car with a large trailer stopped.

You going back to the trail. said a voice in a thick Southern accent.

Yes please

You can put your pack in the back.

I did then tried to get in the passed her lot was full with “stuff”. but I managed to get in.

He was a gardener and was off to cut grass.

As we drove back we passed by the trout hatchery that the two men I met. putting the trout back in the river .were from.

Then past the razor wire of the local prison.

Then we were here. so thanked him then retrieved my pack and waved him off.

I thought that I would have a quick look at the visitor centre so walked up to the building.

To my surprise sat on a bench outside were Dupont and Phoenix

Bloody hell I said great to see you both. we chatted for a while then I went to look inside. Got my passport stamped and looked at the exhibits.

Dupont and Phoenix had left.

I finished my soda .dropped the bottle in the trash . then I was ready

i crossed the road and I was away.

I really didn’t like this part of the trail it was Rocky and hurt my foot .really hurt my foot.

the pain was beginning to get me down as I limped through it .It wasn’t long till I was on my first climb .what fun. I was miles away when a couple of hikers frightened me as I didn’t hear them.behind me.

The last had a lovely bum, if only I had the speed to keep up ha ha.

Eventually I reached the summit only to see Dupont and Phoenix resting.

Have you only got this far I said or are you trying to make me look good.

They both laughed as I hobbled by. The trail was reasonably flat for a while but still Rocky and crap to hike over .

Then I saw a backpack just on its own… owner possibly pooping in the woods. I don’t know why that makes me smile but it does.

A little further along was the lady with the nice bum. obviously waiting for her chap.

I said my hellos and was on my way . but again the trail was steep down and rocky a d it was just killing my foot. and I wasn’t getting any speed.

I shortly came to my next climb and this one went on and one .it wasn’t long until the couple caught me again I couldn’t help but state at her arse in her tight shorts dream.on Snail but the image helped me climb. Once up I was annoyed yo fond that it was straight back down. although I have to say that the axelias are gorgeous .

At the bottom.i crossed the road and took a foot break .

took off my socks and stared at my aching swollen right foot.

I took more meds .gulped down some orange drink stared some more at my foot. then put my socks and shoes back on, hoisted my pack and I was off . The trail still rock and horrid . as I was pounding down the trail I suddenly came to an opening with a view. There was a hiker all ready resting . I stopped took some photos and was just about to leave when the the hiker said

There were people doing trail magic st the road.

Thanks I said and took off.

The trail now became nice and u began to follow a small stream as it tumbled over the rocks on it trip down.

Round the next corner I spied DUPONT again they had stopped for water.

I zoomed past them as I had plenty of water.

I must if crossed that stream about a dozen times as I walked down the trail.

Then there was the shelter. so stopped signed the register and was on my way.

The trail was still heading down and I was able to increase my speed a little .

Then more rocks and as I tried to cross them I managed to kick my sore foot in the worst possible place I could see stars andd felt sick .The pain rushed through me as if I had been run through with a sword.

The pain was intense .A string of obscenities filled the air. I needed to sit down I shuffled forward in front if me was the stream again .

J dropped my pack took off my shoes and socks and plunged the painfully foot onto the icy water. Oooooo it felt good.

I decided to have lunch while my foot soaked. 4 other hikers including Dupont a d Phoenix. Mac by and asked what I was doing?

after lunch I dried off my feet put on my socks and shoes a d I was away .

In the distance I good hear a airplane. or was it a mower or generator.

But what it actually was , was the vibration of the power lines.

It didn’t sound right to me .and I was a little nervous waking beneath them.

As I continued down the trail I came up a notice saying trail magic at the church.

When i exited on to the road I could see it.

Omg what amazing people.

in the old school house/ church was several boxes of things a hiker may need

ie meds. bandana. hats. socks . sunscreen, lip balm. razors

Then there was food and a big ice chest filled with sodas and water. Wow. Thanks again

I drank a soda. eats some fruit pots.

Oh and DUPONT and Phoenix were here too and several other hikers.

They wanted to do another 10 miles. I wasn’t sure if I had 10 more in me. but may try.

They then left with another hiker. There were two of us remaining. and I couldn’t help but stare at another set of hiking poles.

I have mine. you have yours I said to the other hiker. So whoose ate them poles.

It took a while for my brain to register. But it was the hiker with Dupont. I quickly shouted as the trio were almost out of sight. Then waved my poles in the air.

The other hiker soon realised and began to make his way back. Sorry I said I kept staring at your poles but it took a while to register. No thank you Snail.

Glad it’s not only me who walks off without their poles.

I finished my fruit jelly glugged some cold water then took my trash to the bin.

lets go snail I said to myself.

I hoisted up my pack and set off after dupont and his team.

Oh my God what a fantastic trail. all smooth and flatish .

Why couldn’t the trail been like this earlier. I was now pushing and nothing was hurting. In the distance I could hear the tooting of a train . I knew I had to cross some tracks later.

I was loving this trail, all smooth and soft. then I emerged out into a meadow.

and I was meandering my way across. z d the. I to the next meadow. I was loving this.

At last I was at the tracks . Looked both ways the. crossed over. I walked along a long platform that kept you out of the marsh. I pushed and pushed I could hear cars

then I emerged out onto the road and near to a garage.

I crossed over and walked to the garage. then went in . I brought a cherry Coke and a ice cream . Paid and went and sat down. outside. I savoured my ice cream whilst chugging my cherry coke.

I put the bottle in the trash and made my way back to the trail. zit wasn’t that well marked but I seemed to be headig in the right direction.

I soon found it and began to pace down, the trail was still lovely.

As I crossed over a creek I noticed another hiker who looked as she had bed. swimming.

Are you clean i asked ?

Cleaner came her reply. I laughed and hiked on

I was now in more meadows .I crossed over a cattle grid and into another meadow. This one had cows in.

I think 2 more hours I said to myself and pushed on through the fields.

I now came to a mother forest and had to climb a style to get in . as I entered I could hear people and so it wasn’t long until I came to about a dozen hikers and their tents.

I recognised a few hikers. There was handstand. her man and a few others.

I said my hello is and pushed on. typically the trail began to climb steeply.

Bugger have I made a mistake?

I pushed on and on puffing and panting. At last I was on. nice flat trail again . my watch pinged 7pm . mm need a spot.

The. around a corner was a disused shelter or rather the remains of one.

I quickly put up my tent. found a good tree to hang from.then made tea.

It was getting dark as I age it then off to bed.

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