Day 84

I had switched off my alarm as there was no rush today as I had planned to call into the cafe on the park that was just over 2 miles away.

I eventually emerged around 6.30 and began to slowly pack up. Then retrieved my food bag.

I stripped down my tent then cooked breakfast washed down with a cuppa.

I hoisted up my pack and set off I hadn’t gone far when I crossed the 1100 mile marker.

Then a little further was the “Old ” half way marker. I was taking photos when Bumble bee arrived .

We walked down the trail together untill we came to some trail magic . Someone had left loads of Gatorade out for us totally amazing.

As we were drinking papa Smurf arrived wow he said as these bottles are about $3 each.

We moved off together but he is fast and was soon out if sight.

As we hiked we could hear the sound of a mower. who turned out to be a guy with a weed wackers triming the trail we both thanked him and himed on.

bumble bee started to say “The problem is when they do that is that it makes the trail slippy”

Then she fell over. them I did the same we laughed both got up and continued on.

As we slowly spiralled down we noticed several.nice cabins. Some were really really nice.

We then came to a road it was a short road walk then we were in the park. As we walked up the drive we could see the cafe and Papa Smurf sat out side. He was attempting the 1/2 gallon ice cream challenge. I fancied a go but didn’t want that limb sat in my tummy all after noon, so sensibly went for a break fast roll egg bacon and cheese & coffee.

After I grabbed a coke and a ice cream bar. As we sat chatting Curly turtle & Flex arrived . Curly Turtle also fancied the challenge so returned with her ice cream

Hurrah whoop Papa Smurf has done his. .I sat relaxing as a mother and 3 daughters arrived. One of the girls offered to take our photos.

It’s no good I need to hike and need a shower so set off through the park. it’s a great picnic park with. lake s ack bag showers etc.

The shower block was near the lake

I dropped my pack, grabbed my shampoo and walked in. found a cubicle . took off my shoes and socks but walked in with thec rest of my clothes on.

I washed my hair then the rest of me. I then walked out into the Sun to air dry. As I was drying Bumble bee arrived.

See you up the trail I said hoisting my pack and setting off back to the trail, the trail winds aground the lake which has a large sandy beach.I was envious of all the kids playing.

Once out of the park I met my first climb. so head down and push . I seemed to.make that easy so pushed on as the trail wound it’s self around the forest. I was pushing when j met a friendly face coming the other way. It was Tree Hugger , followed by the father and daughter and another hiker whose name escapes me. We wish each other well then push on. It’s not long before Papa Smurf speeds past me . How does he do that!!.

I spent most of the afternoon in the forest but it was still hot.. Very hot my watch showed 90°

and it was shady. I began to feel a little dizzy .maybe the Sun maybe I wasn’t drinking enough..Okay I take a break at the next water and eat lunch.

I rounded a corner and could hear water and then dat by the bridge was papa Smurf.

Great idea I said . finding a log to sit on then dropped my pack.i took my water bottles and filled them from the creek. Then filtered 1 litre into my bladder then filtered another onto the empty one which I then flavoured.

Lunch time I opened lunch bag and slowly devoured my snacks. Then glugged down the litre of flavoured water.

I hoistedup my pack and crossed over the bridge. There was a shop in 2 miles . mmm I may get a cold soda.

I pushed on melting on this heat.tjen the flies began to drive me mad

little midges that fly in front of you face and eventually into your eyes and slightly bugger ones that just buzz in your ears.

I pulled the bandana over my head to blank out the buzzing and put on my sunglasses to stop the others . I began climbing and it was murder. come on Snail you have got this . I crossed over several.roads then the railway line the shop was right but I didn’t fancy walking down the road off this heat so turned left and continued on. and then more climbing began

Omg omg fuck fuck fuck ..Once again I had run into.thst brick wall. I saw a mossy rock and just collapsed into it .Fuck this I said to myself struggling out of my pack . I then removed my shoes and socks and took a 20 minute power nap.

God that felt good and I felt almost revived. I got myself ready and hit the trail again. There was water in 2 miles, okay I will fill up.then find somewhere to camp. I pushed on feeling much better and most raced up the next two hills. Then I crossed a road and a small bridge over a stream. Day nearby was a couple and their dog who just barked at me. I filled bottles then pushed on . Okay have got this go, You can hike to 5 pm. I blazed down the trail crossed. more road and then came the next climb and there was no shade and it was steep and was mainly clambering over rocks . up and up I panted and puffed got it was horrid u e peered to burst into flames as it was so HOT. I slumped water bladder hoping that I had enough. eventually I was at the top. Omg it was just more rock huge chunks of rock ..I just want to put up my tent!!!!

My face was the colour of a fire engine .I.looked forbthd trail. yes it went straight up.a d over this rock. After 30 minutes of clambering I had, had enough I just want to put tent.

There that will do .I shoe horned my tent into a small clearing. made tea then crashed .it was early 5pm but I was done.

As I lag dozing in my tent after dinner bumble bee passed by . Snail is that you.

Yes I crashed. she needed water then would do the same

night all

Start 1099.8

Finish 1115.6

Miles. 17


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