Monday 4 June
Another good sleep. I emerged from my tent st 6.30 and slowly packed up. I retrieved my food bag, visited the loo and I was ready to go
I hoisted up my pack and walked out of the camp. the trail was fairly flat for the first several miles, I crossed over a bridge with nice campsites. Hindsight is wonderfull, I could of pushed on yesterday and got to any of these making today’s milage shorter but I was happy with my 22 as I thought yesterday was tough.
I pushed on passing several hikers. one hiker called Peewee reminded me that this was the last water for a while so I decided to grab another litre.
The trail now began to climb and climb, it took me 2 hrs before I reached the top. At the top was a bench to sit down , which i needed ,thank god.
The next part of the trail was nice and gentle and so I was able to crunch the miles, however I knew that i had a big climb later.
I crossed another large bridge and decided to fill up with water before the next climb. althouhgh i hate dragging water up climbs
I then began my climb , as i climbed the sun began to roast me and so i was glad of the extra water , it was hot so bloody hot, hopefully i would enter the forest soon and shade. Up and up i climbed . my watch counting down the hours
I heard voices and as I came around a corner I saw Half-Way, Lost & Found and another hiker resting. I decided to stop too, take lunch and enjoy the view.
After lunch I set off towards the Dragons tooth but the trail was begining to annoy me. Once again it was lots of “PUDS” (pointless ups and downs ) as they were indeed pointless although occasionally I got a great view .
I pushed on, climbing up and down . The ups where large rocks that I had to scale . to me this was not hiking ….more mountaineering
My feet began to hurt as I navigated over this rock. At last i began to decend .The decent was not easy as it was all hands and a lot shuffling on my arse as it was scary in places but also exhilarating and exciting.
Half way down I met a lady called Elaine and her dog who she had to lift down in places. As i reached the car park I said good bye and carried on . and once again i was soon clambering over rock..omg Arrrh. at last the rock turned into a nice trail and I was able to speed up down to the road.
Once there I turned right and walked up.the road.
I was heading to 3pines hostel , as i walked up the road i noticed green trees painted on the road . Good im going in the right direction
Eventually I found the hostel .
There were several hikers schilling outside , Thee was room inside so i grabbed a bunk.
It was a bit tatty and dirty but when your hiking a bunk is a bunk.
There were rides to the garage /store later so while i waited I bumbed a beer and sat in the sun chilling.
as i sat relaxing familar faces began to appear, and was good to actch up with the gossip.
I bagged a seat on the next ride to the store I ordered a pizza and beer and a few extra days food, and a tub of ice cream
Once back I tucked into my pizza and beer before devouring my ice cream.
We chilled on the sofas in the Converted garage untill someone turned off the lights
Guess that means bed time
mileage 20 miles
Remaining 1486 Miles