I snoozed my alarm then I heard freightrain and Pace pass by. so pulled the plug in my mattress as the air escaped I got up had a wee and retrieved my food bag.
I began to pack up and when almost down made hot chocolate and instant oats.
I was later than normal hitting the trail about 7.30.
the sun was warm as I made my way along the trail. First challenge was duck boards then I was on another long wooden walkway . But this one sometimes went underwater another challenge. once it ended I was still in bog land so had to be careful to keep my feet dry. at last I was on dry land then crossed another road then it was time to climb . I climbed for several hours .I have to say the morning was dull nothing to see or comment on . The a beautiful lake came into view. I walked around it untill I saw the sign to th cabin . It was 1/2 miles off trail but I wanted to look st it so took the side trail.
It was a lovely 2 story building with a caretaker who cooked you pancakes for breakfast. I stopped and had lunch here.
On my way back to the trail I passed so many day hikers I guessed that they were all local but it was still a walk.
As I dropped down the other
side I crossed over a bridge over the main road and met even more people. Then it was another climb up.and up. as k was climb ing I came to a cold box and topped up my water. Then back to the climb. at last I was going down and came to another beaver pond with gnawed trees . I decided to take 5 minutes . When I checked my map on was disappointed that my milage was so low. maybe the hills the 1 mile detour to the cabin the tough trail the late start. we I’m not pushing on past the shelter inddcixdd so at the next stream i watered up.
The shelter soon came into view. so I put my tent up and enjoyed the last few hrs of sunshine