Saturday 9th june
ConsideringI 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 . I 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 really see anywhere to camp untill almost on the turn for 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 bit I could still hear cars so the road must run parallel.
I could now 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 the next part was a lot more climbing
I crossed the road and my first climb began . 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 the nameless hiker was there. I was just having lunch when the three Germans turned up.
The lady asked 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 . Then he shows me his tummy it’s bright red from the Sun. fuck Fish . that looks sore.
It is snail he replied. didn’t shapes put cream on it (,his girl)
We decide to do a few toasts 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 water hole there are several people swimming. it looks so inviting but I decided to walk past and start the next climb another huge thing
This one as the others goes on and on and it hot very very hot and the sweat stings my eyes . Then there are these little black flies that fly just in front of your face and drive you mad. Then the big buzzy ones that fly by your ears. arhh.
I pushed on trying not to .look up . eventually I reached a Plato and decided that I needed a break . I glugged down the 1/4 litre of juice that I had in the side pocket. there was water at the next shelter so not far to go
I had enough. but when I came to.the nectcstream I watered up anyway
It wasn’t long until.i reached the next shelter no name hiker was there also xxx who was sleeping a d an elder hiker who was section hiking.
the shelter was really nice very large 2 story building. I drank more water ate the remaining snacks then Fish arrived.
we both decided to make coffee so I fired up my stove. the coffec 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 heafing to the next shelter. I could maybe make that but 2.5 miles more was my target. I hoisted my pack and set off the skies suddenly turning black ,boom boom went the thunder. I had water u just needed a flat spot any spot but I was climbing not a chance I climbed for 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 shall I tent here or there. soon my tent is up. There was a sign pointing to water and in Guthooks it said it was a spring so I took two bottles with me..Omg it was far a d not very good water either it I had enough. I was just starting back when the heavens opened great I thought it st least my tent is up . once back I decided to throw my rope so it was ready to hang my food . I had just got it over the limb when I saw somethi out of the corner of my eye. I turned around and a few feet away was a large rattle snake. they can syrike up.to four foot so.i think I was lucky and quickly moved away.
I made tea in my tent. I tried a new meal that was rather tasty. Then I hung my food in another tree and turned in
miles walked 18
mileage 18 miles
Remaining 14 Miles