As I had put in the miles I treated myself to a lie in , Although I heard my tenting companion packing up to leave. Finally I emerged at 8am and began to pack up I had enough gas to make tea.
I finished my packing and stepped back onto the trail. and attacked the rocks again.
My left foot was hurting . I put it down to the Constant rocks as the sole seems bruised. so I shoved more ibourfin down me and tried to blank it out. although every now and then my foot landed on a stupid rock sending pain shooting up my foot and a few choice words spilt from my mouth.
I slowed down and tried to concentrate on how I placed my foot. The big ones are easy it the small pointy ones that kill me and they are almost impossible to miss.
I pushed on and on the rocks being replaced with more mud and swamps which I have to say is far better than the rock. Then some nice trail whoop allowing me to push and make up time.. But then I thought why push there is no hurry as I will be in town for 2 days.
It wasn’t long till I got to my first climb which of course was steep and long. I puffed and panted up it. Once up the trail was gentle untill I reached the next rock challenge . well the challenge was looking for the blazes. and I hate it when you step on a huge granite slab and it moves putting you off balance. Once over I pushed on and the trail was now littered with blow downs to climb over . One was fairly huge and as I tried to get over it my pole sunk into the ground sending me crashing into the ground
fuck bollocks and a few other words escaped from my mouth. But luckily no damage.. but I was annoyed with myself and the tree.
Okay time for a break .in the distance I could see a perfect spot. yep that will do
When i got there , there was a lady called Judy who was on her way home from a few days hiking. We chatted fora while and then she offered to take me to Cabelas a large outdoors store.Brilliant and she offered to wait for me to.
Judy headed off saying your soon catch me. but I will be in the car park
after 20 minutes I set off After her. stumbling over more rocks. Then had to wait untill another big snake moved off of the trail.
Finally there was the down I to Port Clinton and omg it was steep stupidly steep and gravel so you were almost sliding fown .It took me about 10 minutes. to get down as it was so slippy.
I finally emerged onto a bike track and Judy was waiting. we crossed the railway. which is a steam and coal museum then walked to her car
Wow Cabelas was amazing.
It had rows and rows of fishing rods. rows of lures and floats . Then rows and rows of guns and ammo. Then camping and water sports I was hypnotized with the quantity of stuff. and in the more a huge collection of stuffed Animals laid out in amazing scenes .
I headed upstairs for the camping department. sadly they didn’t have the size gas I wanted so I had to but a huge one but it will last. I also brought a few other bits and pieces
I could of spent hours in this store but my ride was waiting.
Judy dropped me back I into town. As I got out of her car . I saw sunshine, Granite Gear and mousetrap. As we chatted a guy said do you guys want a cold beer?
We were sat outside the fire station but they have their own private bar. The man signed us in and we enjoyed several cold beers .
Next it was off to find the pavilion where I would stay. It was a little way down the road.
It was a large pavilion with .tables and free items donated by kind people
I found a space. and lay out my pad and sleeping bag.
I was relaxing when an oldish man asked did any one need a ride. I would love to go to Wal-Mart. so 2 others and myself. headed to the store. I brought a few bits plus memory card and a large usb to clear down my phone.
He then dropped us back to a bar in town . I ordered a burger and washed that down with a few more cold ales. . I was just eating when Granite Gear, Moustrap and noproblama appeared. sunshine had a migraine so had crashed.
I enjoyed my burger had one more beer then grabbed a six pack to take back to the pavilion.
I quickly put all my food in a bag to hang in case of mice. Then enjoyed another beer with mousetrap, Soulman and Robin hood. before hitting the sack