Friday 3rd August
I got up and packed up most of my gear. then went to receptopn for breakfast it was basic but good.
I started with cerial then had toasted bagels 2 with cream cheese and two with grape jelly washed down with several cups of coffee and orange juice. I then took two apples for the trail .
I finished my packing then booked a shuttle back to the trail head for $10. I did think about hitching .but I wanted to get back quickly and start walking .
I was soon At the trail head and walking..I crossed a bridge over the river then began to climb
.I knew that I would be climbing for all or most of the day. At the moment the sun was shinning but I was expecting rain and possibly a lot of it. I hadn’t been climbing long when the rain came big bucket fulls of the stuff and I was soon soaked and struggling to climb on the slippy mud . I was soon sloshing through rivers of water again
this was repeated all day I wanted a break but there was no point stopping and sitting in the rain. Come out sun .several times the sky britrned and the rain slowed but evrry time i
thought about stopping the rain came back in anger.
1pm came and went close follwed by 2 pm then the shelter appeared and I was so pleased to.see it ..there was a girl.hete called Eva who was doing a shake down hike. to get ready for the PCT nect year .
I dropped my pack then put on my rain jacket to keep warm.
I then devoured my cold pizza a tube of Pringles and a few other snacks . I chatted to Eva for a while then I headed out again in the poring rain. FUN.
In about 10 minutes I had reached the fire tower .it eod be a lovely spot on a fine day. But today was miserable.
I slogged on down the trail by now I had stopped avoiding the puddles and just drove straight through them . occasionally I came to a lovely lake. but
mostly I battled through mud water and rain. I was hoping that the sun may come out to allow me to put my tent up st the end of the day. But that was not going to happen!
Eventually the next shelter came into view.
Any room I asked. yes one up top. I dropped my pack and changed out of my wet things .there were 3 blokes and 1 girl and they were all such good fun.
I set up.my bed and began to cook tea just as Eva arrived .
I jokingly said you can sleep.up.by me but no funny business. lol in my dreams she’s gorgeous. but far too young.
One of the guys download a film.on his phones.we watched that as we ate and relaxed
Can I sleep up there with you ? Eva asked.
Oh course I said as long as you don’t snore Night