The alarm went off at 5.30 I snoozed it. when it went off again, I let down my mat . Got up and went outside for a pee then let down my food bag. then began to remove my fly .
I put on my stove, as the water heated, I rolled up.my bag and pad. then stripped down . I eat breakfast drained my tea then I was ready.
I hoisted up.my pack and I was on the trail by 6.30.
The trail was even worse with this rain .I was sloshing through liquid mud and did for most of the morning .
This stuff really sapped my energy and it was a nice change when I entered the national park and was walking through some nice meadows., but it wasn’t long until the mud returned . It was like walking through tar , it was bloody hell., but I was still making good time .
I eventually arrived at the start of the roller coaster. The first climb was not too steep , but the humidity was a nightmare , and I was quickly soaked with sweat that caused my hit belt to rub .making my waist sore
After my second climb I decided to have an early lunch. At 11.30 I found a nice rock and relaxed for 40 mins , before returning back to the climb. I headed up which was shortly followed by a down eventually emerging onto the road. Fantastic there was trail magic
I had a cup of juice and then was given a glass of wine and a banana. I sat chatting for to my fellow hiker trash , for far too long.
Eventually I returned to the trail and my climbing and continued up, but it wasn’t long before ii began descending. As I began the next climb the thunder returned and loud . almost deafening. As I reached the summit the thunder grew louder and seemed much closer.
The rain now returned I lowered my head and pushed on.
I had four miles to go but I was tiring. and my pace became a plod.
The weather cant seem to make up its mind as the sun now reappeared and it soon became hot , that was just perfect for the next climb, and it was steep.
I then came to a 1000-mile marker whoop whoop.
Passing this large marker spurred me on , until I came to another steep climb . The sun was glaring down on my , I was still melting, and this climb seemed endless. I pushed on and up and kept climbing.
At last I was at the top and went in search of the hostel.
I walked in found a bunk then grabbed a shower OMG it was so good .
At last I could check in. The price was $30 which included a soda. Pizza, ice cream and laundry. bargain .
I grabbed a pizza and put it in the oven. once cooked it was swiftly eaten . followed by a tub of ice cream and washed down with several lemonades
This was followed by several movies before my bunk called