Saturday 9th june
Considering that I slept by the road I slept really well. At 6.30 I got up and began to pack up. when I was almost done I put on my stove for a brew and made breakfast.
I soon woofed and drank both, stowed my stove and I was ready, hoisted up my pack and retraced my steps back to the trail. Again it was a beautiful morning. I pushed on and was surprised that I didn’t see anywhere to camp untill I was almost at the shelter. The shelter was .2 off trail so I didn’t visit it but pushed on past. I was busy climbing when a other hiker came past I have met him so many times but his name escapes me. The morning started as yesterday’s finished into a forest then out into a scenic viewing layby before heading back into the forest then back out into a layby . The next one was amazing, as all the mountains poked out from beneath the clouds. wow.
Then I did one more before disappearing deep into the forest the trail spiralled down but I could still hear cars so the road must run parallel.
I could hear water and as I came around another corner I saw a fellow hiker getting water as this was the last water for 10 miles
I filled up then drank a litre, I didnt want to carry too much as there was a lot climbing.
I crossed the road and began myfirst climb . it wasn’t too bad and the terrain fairly tame for my feet. Once i had reached the summit the trail took on its normal rollercoaster of ups and downs . As i hiked the temperture continued to rise . it wasnt so much hot but sticky .
I was miles away when the next shelter came into view. I walked down to it and tdecided to have lunch when the three Germans turned up.
The german lady asked me where I had stayed.?
About a mile back I replied.
As we were talking Fish arrives.
Hi fish .
We talk about the hotel and the zeros . Fish then lifts his shirt OMG his tummy is bright red from the Sun bathing at the pool
“Fuck Fish,. that looks bloody sore.”
It is snail he replied.
Didn’t shapes put cream on it (,his girl) i laughed
We decide to do a few toasts with the burbon that i am carrying then I am on my way. I feel that I am pushing , but it’s not long before the German train catches me. and I watch them go.
The hours and miles whizz by and I am soon coming out of the forest into a road by a bridge. this is the famous swimming hole and there are several people swimming. it looks so inviting but I decided to walk past and start the next climb which is long and steep .
This climb appears to go on and on and it hot very very hot and the sweat begins to sting my eyes . Then there are these little black flies that fly just in front of your face and drive you mad as well as the big buzzy ones that fly by your ears. arhh.
I push on trying not to look up . eventually I reach the plato and decided that I need a break . I glugged down the 1/4 litre of juice that I had in the side pocket. there should be water at the next shelter so not far to go but i had enough . but when I came to the next stream I watered up anyway
It wasn’t long unti I reached the next shelter no name hiker was here also xxx who was sleeping and an older hiker who was section hiking.
The shelter was really nice a large 2 story building. I drank more water and was eating some snacks when Fish arrived.
For some raeson i fancied a coffee so fired up my stove. the coffee was delicious. as i hadnt made one in a while. I stayed at this shelter for far too long as I wanted a few more miles.
Fish was heading to the next shelter, I could maybe make that but 2.5 miles was more my target.
I hoisted my pack and set off , as i walked the skies suddenly turned black ,boom boom went the thunder. I had enough water and so just needed a flat spot any spot.But now I was climbing so not a chance. I climbed for several hours and began to regret moving on. Boom went the thunder.i stopped and checked Guthooks it says I am near and yes I’m.here.
I looked about and chose a spot and quickly put up my tent
Although i had enough water ,there was a sign pointing to water and in Guthooks it said it was a spring so I took two bottles with me and went to top up.
Omg it was far and not very good water either. I filled up and was on my way back when the heavens opened great I thought it st least my tent is up . once back I was ready to hang my food . I had just got it over the limb when I saw something out of the corner of my eye. I turned around and a few feet away was a large rattle snake. they can strike upto four foot.
Omg I quickly moved away ,thinking tat was lucky !!
I made tea in my tent. I tried out a new meal that was rather tasty. Itwas then bed time
mileage 18 miles
NB my Vblog is one day out !!