Sunday 3rd June
I was up early as I wanted miles today and so was on 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 up
I think it’s going to be a lovely day I said to myself.
The trail was good and so I could have gone on last night, but it would have 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 drank water then 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 climbing for about 2 ish hours and omg it was steep bloody steep.
At last I was at the top puffing and panting. it took me a few minutes then I was away. but it was rock, so I was being careful. then peaches and snapdragon came past I pushed on. pointless chasing them as they are all fast. seems everyone is faster than me. but I hike at my own speed and I get there. I was miles away when Mousetrap came by and 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 and with the heat of the sun , smelt divine, i emerged into some meadows and the heat hit me it so so bloody hot my watch said 90 phew.
I crossed meadow after meadow then more forest then back into meadow. As I hiked on i noticed that the grass had been recently cut several minutes later I met the man with strimmer or weed-wacker as they say out here.
Thank you so much I said as I past by.
I was then in another meadow but had to walk along planks to cross it, as I made my way across adeer shot up making me jump!
At the end of this meadow I crossed over a road and then straight back into another meadow. The sun was now scorching,I hoped that I would be I shade soon.
Phew at last another forest. I followed the trail that then dropped down to follow another river, it looked really inviting. I plodded on untill the trail 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 said ” would like a soda.”
“Yes please” I said and grabbed one from the ice box. I quickly drained it.
“Take another, as I need to go home now.” the man said
So, I grabbed another and soon drained that too.
“Do you two need water” he asked.
“No thank you , I am fine” we said in unison.
I lifted my pack and strolled out after mousetrap.
She was fast but as I passed a small stream I noticed that there were beers in it,
I tried to catch Moustraps attentuion but she was striding away , and as i dint want to take my pack off , I could only carry one.
The next part was another 2 miles up. Fun.
it started gradually, as I wove in and out of cows, avoiding the cow pats then . through a few more meadows before the trail slimbed steeply and so I was soon puffing.
omg it was steep, an hour later I was at the top. Phew . 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 cairns( big miles of rock.)
Some had colapsed but others stood proud like beacons.
I pushed and pushed until I came to a sign for the next shelter but as it was off trail I decided not to visit it, but pushed on.
The trail now becomes rockier and it begins to hurt my foot and 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 to air and cool my feet.I atet a couple of snacks. As i am resting 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 and we chat some more .
Sunshine is unsure if she will make the next shelter.
I laugh “What with your legs, of course you will.
She then bounds off down the trail.
I sit for another 10mins before putting on my shoes and re-joining the trail.
It’s really smooth for about a mile then it goes back to rock and its hand over hand climbs , as i make over my third i see Mousetrap and Sunshine sitting and resting Wow a great spot guys i say , as there is an amazing great, so i take a few more photos. before moving on.
mileage 22 miles
Remaining 1503 Miles