Monday 9th July
I heard several other hikers moving around at 6 am but I had chores to do so there was no hurry. at 8 am I got up for the customary see but as I was in public, I wandered over to the porta Potty.
I then returned to my bed. and was dozing when several ladies appeared bringing in food.
There’s going to be coffee and eggs one of the ladies announced.
so, I got up . and walked over to where they were setting up.
There was indeed bacon . boiled eggs and a sort of omelette that was so tasty. I also had coffee. then the ladies brought around juices . and bagels . then insisted that we have more .
Well that was unexpected and really nice .
Okay haircut time .I walked to the barber’s carrying my old poles and bits that I wanted to post.
I walked into the barber’s and was amazed it was like Aladdin’s cave. filled with memorabilia and brick a brack and all the chairs where rocking chairs
There was a man having his hair cut so good I will be next then I can get on
Once the man had paid .The barber began doing other stuff.
Then he looked at me . and asked do you want your hair cut?
Well yes, I do .
A few minutes he said and began to fill cases with silver coins and other trinkets .
Get yourself a coffee and pastry. there are cookies there and relax
Then the father and daughter hikers arrived but they just wanted a lift. One of my customers will take you. just relax.
Almost 40 minutes later he’s ready for me. but as he starts to cut my hair, he keeps having conversations with everyone as the shop gradually fills up.
Then 2 more members of staff arrive and again he starts to cut my hair then wanders off to chat to more customers .
I’m still sat in the chair when noproblama arrives . but only to charge his phone
omg a 45-minute hair cut but it did look good. I pay and go to retrieve my phone and noproblama laughs at the amount of time that it took .
Yes, I said as I need to get to the post office.
Snail.it doesn’t open untill.12.30 ,!!
Really, I say . bugger I was hoping to head straight back out well after tree hugger gets in
So, I grab a chair and continue to charge it whilst editing video
Then Tree hugger appears .
Snail is this yours . he says passing me my puffy that I had left in the last motel
Well thank you so much . really appreciate it thanks again .
With us all together I grab a photo if all if us and me in the chair.
Tree Hugger decides to get his hair cut .so I say my goodbyes as he is staying in a hotel in the next town .and it’s now 12.30.
I walk to the Post office and . hand over my I’d
there should be a couple of packages for me.
He comes Back with 4 ,my new poles, new tips, new socks and a case for my phone.
I box up my old poles and a few other bits then post them up the trail.
At last I wander back to the pavilion. I cut the new ends into my poles. then sort out my other bits . The case for my phone is good but the glass is the wrong size and it’s not worth returning it. oh well my mistake.
I decide to sort out some paperwork and drink a few beers from yesterday. Then I decide it’s not worth hiking out now and as my foot is still painful so a longer rest wouldn’t hurt
In the Pavilion. several other hikers are resting ,it seems a good idea, so I decide to do the same and grab fourty winks with my foot elevated.
At 5pm Robin hood decides to go for food
Where are you going, I asked
To the Hotel snail?
I don’t think they open on a Monday, but the fire station club is, and they do snacks and cheap beer.
You fancy coming Snail?
Yeah why not .
On the way to town we decide to check on the Hotel., but it as we approach a lady shouts out
“They are closed on a Monday”
So, we head to the fire station and push the bell. when the light goes orange, we can open the door.
We enter then ask several patrons if they would mind signing us in .
Then we can order some beer. The local ale is yinglang. and it is served in frosted glasses.
I then order some food . which I soon dispose of.
I manage to make the whole bar laugh by asking for a serviette. The barman is confused. Oh, sorry I say a Napkin.
Several of the locals buy me beer and I’m just about to leave when 2 more beers arrive
I must go after these I insist .
When at last I exit the fire station there is a nip in the air .and wished I had brought my puffy which I now have back.
I must admit I enjoy the walk back at dusk watching the fireflies dart about
once back at the Pavilion I pack up my gear so I’m ready to go first thing.
Then I swallow a couple of Pm to help me sleep then I’m gone