I actually slept well considering and was up and on the trail by 6.30 I waved goodbye to bumble bee and then did the same to Dog whisperer . it was a cool morning as I stopped up.the trail at the road crossing there was a bag of fruit so I grabbed an apple
I crossed the road and again there were many signs telling the history of the civil war.
I crossed through a field then began to climb again but it wasn’t a huge climb and so was soon st the top. the trail was graded well then signs began to appear telling you about the life of George washington. st the top was a monument dedicated to him .
There were great views from here. I was just leaving when Bumble bee arrived. dis she fast today or me slow,?
I took off again determined not to stop for 5 hours. I climbed I decended I avoided the bogs and sticky mud. I said morning to every one who past and stopped to chat to others. then I came to rock and slowed to a crawl . I just can’t walk over it
at last I was back to nice soil but it was now 11. Okay a break . I began to look for a suitable spot.
I dropped my pack plugged my phone into it’s charger as it was low. Then I brewed tea and ate lunch. I was still relaxing when Bumblebee arrived.
She was heading to the next shelter but would get there by 3. I may see you there. but i too wanted more miles even though that would be 18.
I watched her go then began to pack up as several more hikers came past.
I was soon back on the trail when I found a bandana I picked it up and soon caught the last tow hikers .
it was indeed hers. we chatted for a while . They were getting picked up at the road. When we arrived their friend asked if I fancied a cold beer so joined them just off trail.
We chatted for ages driking several cans of beer.
Then a ranger arrived he was chatty and I told him about the inconsiderate hikers. he filled on a report and copied their photos. If they misbehave again they could be banned from state parks.
I had one more beer .packed one out then headed back to the trail.
I was a little annoyed with myself for wasting so much time. but it was enjoyable.
I pushed on and on .But it was hot come on miles. But I was low on water so needed some . At last a creek I guzxled down a litre then topped up my bladder maybe too much. As the rest of the trail was up.
I checked my the next shelter was near but dry so at the next creek I filled up again dreading the last climb.
It was steep it was long it was hot my pack creaked under the weight. Finally a sign .. SHELTER. I made my way down the side trail . The shelter was nice fairly new. there were dad and daughter who were at the camp yesterday.
I paused for a while trying to decided weather to go on or not . then went and put my tent up.
I cooked dinner early then retreated to my tent as I needed my sleep
it was s good day but I wanted more miles . Maybe tomorrow?