I was up early as I wanted miles today . and so was o. the trail at 6.30. it was still misty and dark as I set off down the trail but as my watch chimed 7 it began to lighten
I think it’s going to be a lovely
Day I said to myself.
the trail was really good and so I could of gone on last night. But it would of taken 2 more hours and I didn’t want to get to camp that late. . The trail spiralled gently down and soon I arrived at the shelter.
Sat at the table were sunshine. mousetrap and peaches.
How’s your foot snail peaches asked?
It’s doing okay thanks
I visited the loo then got water.
It was then that I noticed speedy was still here. I thought you would be long gone I said.
I filtered water topped up my bladder as it was going to be a long hot day.
I hoisted my pack and set off it was flat for about 3 miles then it just shot up . I was climb ing for about 2 ish hours and omg it was steep bloody steep.
at last I was st the top puffing and panting. it took me a few minutes then I was away . but it was rock so I was being carefull. then peaches and snapdragon came past I pushed on ..pointless chasing them as they are all fast. seems every one is faster than me. but I hike at my own speed and I get there. I was miles away when Mousetrap came by and also vanished into the distance.
I pushed on the hours pinged by until I arrived at the 1st shelter. I decided to have lunch here and change my shirt for my vest.
I spent about 40 mins here then filled up water and attacked the trail again. I spent a long time in the forest
nd with the sun on it it smelt divine. then I came out into some meadows and omg it was hot bloody hot my watch said 90 phew . I crossed meadow after meadow then more forest then back to meadow. as I was going down part ofthe trail. I noticed that it had recently been cut. then I came across a ma. with strimmer or weed racket as they day out here.
Thank you so much I said s I past him.by.
I was then in another meadow but had to walk on planks across. As I was halfway deer shot up making me jump
At the end of this meadow I crossed the road and straight back into another meadow. the sun was now scorching and i hoped that I would be I. shade soon. Phew at last another forest. I followed the trail and eventually began to follow another river it looked really inviting .
the trail.thdn ended at a road bridge. I crossed over and found the trail
a little way along I met mousetrap sat in a chair drinking a soda .
A voice salad eod like a soda.
yes please I said a d grabbed one from the ice box. I quickly drained it. take another the man said as I need to go home now.
So I grabbed another and soon drained that too. Do you two need water he asked.
No we are both fine we said in unison.
I lifted my pack and strolled out after mousetrap.
She was fast but as j cr passed a small stream I noticed that there were beers in it but I could only carry one.
The next part was another 2 mile up. Fun.
it started gradually and I wove in and out of cows. avoiding the cow pats. through a few more meadows then it climbed so steeply I was soon puffing.
omg it was steep an hour later I was at the top. Phew but wow what amazing views.
I was still admiring them.when mousetrap sped by
I took off after her as this part of the trail was perfect for me.
I pushed for several hours then the trail took me past many cairen excuse spelling big miles of rock. some had fallen in others stood like beacons.
I pushed and pushed then I came to a sign for the next shelter but as itvwas off trail I didn’t visit it but pushed on.
The trail now becomes rockier and it begins to hurt my foot I have 6 more miles to go . I carried on for another hour then took a break as my right foot was becoming hot.
I found a rock to sit on and took off my shoes and socks and eat a couple of snacks . just then a family come up the trail. although it’s not a family it’s a dozen kids who are doing trail maintenance with 2 leaders. we chat for a while then Sunshine appears we chat a while. She is unsure if she will make the next shelter.
I laugh what with your legs .. of course you will.
She then bounds down the trail.
I sit for another 10mins before putting on my shoes and rejoining the trail.
It’s really smooth for about a mile then it goes back to rock as I climb one .Sat on the other side is Mousetrap and sunshine but wow whstva great view I take some photos .
miles walked 22