Saturday 2nd June
my alarm went off at 5.30
I woke to the sound of rain so promptly switched it off. the second alarm sounded at 6.00
I opened my tent and looked outside it was thick fog . That makes a change I said to myself and snoozed the alarm again and again. on the third ring I switched it off. let the air out of my mattress and began to pack up. it had stopped raining but when the wind blew raindrops cascaded down onto my tent.
I reached out and lit my. stove. as the water heated I packed up. then began to dismantle my tent . I decided to have hot chocolate for a change. mmm it tasted good okay lets go .
I slung my pack onto my back and headed out into the Fog.
I pushed on wondering how far had the Aussies gone yesterday ? I was impressed when I came upon their tents as they had made another hour (2 miles) .
I pushed on. hoping That the Fog would lift. as I found it fairly depressing. Nothing to see . I pushed on for several hours passing by several more tents. then I came lots of police tape . That read police line do not cross. This is to do with the Pipeline and protesters.
as I made my way along the trail became slippy mud so I had to be careful not to fall over. Just then two Police men came I said hi.
a bit slippy today one said .a bit I laughed and pushed on . a bit further along there were two Gators a bit like golf trollies but with big chunky wheeels. in one sat 4 rangers or possible police. I nodded they nodded back and I continued on my way.
I then came to a huge climb that soon had me puffing and panting. as it was still thick fog I couldn’t see the top or where it was heading.
Come on sun I said under my breath but still the fog remained.
Later I met a couple with their dog going southbound. his trail name was invisible Laughed perfect for today. The ladies name was Elaine just Elaine.
I wished them well and continued . I then met another couple I thought they were South bounders. but a few minutes later they were behind me. his trail name was SnowBoat and hers Grey Goose.
I walked with them.for a while .it was nice to have the company. This trip was on his wife’s bucket list. we talked about beer and other rubish until the next shelter appeared.
The guide books say that it is closed due to dangerous trees that may fall.
As I approached I noticed the familiar face of 3 socks.
I dropped my pack and sat on the bench as it was lunch time.
We all chatted for a while then it was time to walk.
see you up the trail I said. as I hoisted my pack and set off.
At last the sun came out . hurrah I said to myself.
I pushed on then checked my map 2.5 miles to go great I thought.
But typically the trail became awful. I crossed over large bridge then a road and renoined the Appalachian Trail. up and up I went god who does the miles as I have been waking for hours.
Water. I need water. I was nearly at the next shelter and it had no water so at the next Spring I decided to top every thing up.
As I approached the next shelter I recognised a figure it was ” Sunshine. My latest crush lol.Have you seen my buddy ? She asked.
yes I replied. he was just heading into the last shelter about 12 so I guess he’s about an hour behind me .
Are you staying she asked
Nope, I want 5 miles more or I will get to 5.30 I said.
I thought she had said that she was staying. so she scared me half to death when she appeared behind me.
So sorry Snail she said as she bounded past me.
she has such a gorgeous arse shame that I am not fast enough to follow. A big sigh.
okay I want 5 more miles to get me to 20.
And so typically the trail turns to rock .my least favourite surface. and so my pace drops to a crawl. then to my amazement there is a tortoise on the trail. I picked him up and looked at him.
No name on him perhaps they are wild?!!!!
I picked him.up and moved him so he wouldn’t get hurt
I.pushed on climbing up. and down . it was 5pm and time to. camp . then I spied a campsite.
But it was too near the road and not the right camp.
Come on snail i said to myself as I was begining to tire.
Up a hill down a hill phew I said I will take the next flatspot.
Whoop. there is one. and behind it is the hiker I had stayed with on the farm.
Do you mind if i camp here also?
Go ahead snail
I soon have my tent up and walk over to where xxx is sat and make our tea together.
Im am just drinking my tea when speedy arrives . we chat for a while but she is not staying.
Good luck and stay safe I shout to her as she disappears down the trail
After I hang my food bag then it’s zzzzxxx
miles walked 20. night