Day 76

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 wee..let down my food bag. then began to remove my fly .

I put on my stove and 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 the. the mud returned . It was bloody hell.But I was still making good time .

Then I arrived at the start of the roller coaster. My first climb was steady but the humidity was awful and I was soaked . which then causes my hit belt to rub …. Ahhh.

after 2 climbs I decided to have an early lunch at 11.30.I found a nice rock and relaxed for 40 mins.

Then it was back to the climb. one more up and one more down , but when I emerged onto the road there was trail magic. I had a juice a glass of wine and a banana. I sat chatting for far too long.

Eventually I returned to the trail. and my next 2 ups and down as I began the next climb the thunder returned and loud . almost deafening.

I was just at the top when it got even louder and much closer.

It was shortly followed by the rain. but I pushed on and on .

But I still.had four miles to go but I was tiring. and my pace was now a plod.

Then the sun reappeared and once again it was hot and then the next climb oh so steep.

but then.i passed the 1000 mile marker whoop whoop.

This game we a bigblift I was still melting and this climb seemed endless. I pushed on and up and it still kept flu.bing.

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 $30 includeds 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

start 987

Finish 1004

Miles 17

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