Tuesday 29th May.
I slept so well maybe it was the 6 pack of beer that helped.
I finally emerged at 8.30 really late for me.
I walked over to the toilets then got my clothes out of the dryer.
and my battery which was now fully charged.
The other hiker just returned from the garage after having breakfast.
I decided to put my bag in the tumble for a few minutes while I had the opportunity
so began to pack up but wasn’t really efficient this morning.
I made tea and instant oats
Then went to retrieve. my bag and phone. oh my bag was so lovely and all fluffy so that I had trouble getting it back into its stuff sack.
okay let’s go .
I walked back towards the garage. Robin hood was sat outside .how are you I Asked. as I sat down with him the lady brought him out a huge burger and chips and another burger to go.
Wow it looked so good so I ordered one too.
it shortly arrived and disappeared into my mouth. it was yummy.
Okay I better be going it was almost a mile back to the AT along a busy road.
Once back I climbed the steps trying to avoid getting my feet wet.
the trail begins to wind it’s way up and then I reach a crossroads. the extra trail goes to the falls. I was try and do these extra trails but you never know what to expect.
it was .3 of a mile or .6 to get back .
I headed down the trail listening to the roar of the water get louder and louder.
then they appeared and wow they were very pretty and well worth the walk. I headed back up.the path and rejoined the trail .
as I progressed the trail became marsh and big. I tried go avoid it for a while then gave up and decided to plough straight through it .
splash .slosh splash . some bits were like walking through tar and so really sapped my strength. Arrrh. if it wasnybthis crap then it was rock and if not rock it was roots Arrrh I was struggling today . I slept well I had a lie in but I didn’t seem to have any ouuff..
I listened to my watch ping the hours but dare not look at my map. I entered forests I came out again I pushed on through tunnels of rodadendroms . then into sunlight. at last it was 1pm that will do me for lunch.
I found a spot and relaxed took off my soaking wet shoes and socks. I squeezed out my socks they need rinsing as they are very gritty but a town is coming and I need a break.
I ended up taking a very long lunch break. .but then it’s hard to start hiking again .
I pushed off down the trail I was trying to get tl tgs second shelter my goal for today but I was struggling . the tea was very rocky and being damp sloppy I went down twice the second time grazing my leg.
I let out a few obscenities wiped myself down and carried on mumbling under my breath.
I must of zoned out as I jumped as another hiker and his dog appeared in front of me
Omg sorry about that as
I had shouted. fuck when he startled me.
He laughed as we pass.
it was now 5.30 and I was beginning to tire. I just wanted to get to the shelter and put my tent up.
At last it came into view and wow what a great shelter. almost brand new . with a large deck.
a d if was fairly empty so I’m I doors tonight. Happy feet the. appeared from getting water.
Hi we chatted. as I put down my bedding then cooked together. I like her as we can talk silly banter together.
after tea and supper I went to hang my food . Happy feet let me add mine to her line.
Another hiker had maged to get his line stuck .but I was able to free it for him.
the. back to the shelter and bed
mile 627.1 miles 19 walked