Monday 4 June
Another good sleep. I emerged from.my tent st 6.30 and began to slowly pack 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 then I began to cross bridge after 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 was really nice and gentle and I began 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 climb.
I then began my climb , as i climbed the sun began to roast me , 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 as once agin it was lods of “PUDS” as they were indeed pointless although occasionally I got a great view .
I pushed on up and down but the ups were rock that I had to scale . to me this was not hiking ….more mountaineering
My feet hurt as i navigated over this rock until 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.
about 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. untill I found the hostel .I decided to bunk so grabbed one then bumbed a beer and sat in the sun chilling
I then grabbed the shuttle to town to grab beer an extra days food, a huge pizza and a tub of ice cream
Once back I tucked into my pizza and beer before devouring my ice cream
almost bed time
mileage 20 miles
Remaining 1486 Miles