Day 118 Manchester

Sunday 5th

again I lay dozing until I heard the familiar sound of a tent being shaken ( to remove the rain).

I let down my mat and gradually came to life. call of nature first. recover my food bag then dismantle my tent.

My neighbour Was just leaving. but I was in no hurry it was about 5 ish miles to the trail head then a hitch into Manchester . easy peasy lol

My tent was sopping wet well everything was lol. I rolled the wet thing up and when I was almost packed I made tea and eat breakfast.

okay ready. I was on trail by 7.30 that’s not too bad.

Typical as I began the trail it turned onto a gravel road that continued for several miles.

Dam if I had known that I would of pushed on and there were several much better camp spots and yes all dry . I muttered several more words under my breath and stomped off down the trail.

I dropped at a sign that said look up and above was another sign saying prospect view.

Well as I was in no hurry I took the trail and wow what a view . the cloud was above the valley but below the mountains .

I stood staring for several minutes. before heading back to the trail. I continued down the road untill it veered right and started climbing again.

And once more it was mud although today it was warm mud. as I had on dry socks (almost) I tried to get my shoes out of it for as long as possible

after several hours I began to drop down and began to hear the sound of traffic .

I shortly. emerged onto the main road. across the road was the trail head. with about a dozen cars in and many more hikers mainly drying their gear. I stood by the road but nothing deemed to be stopping which is unusual for a busy town. Oh well I started to walk and I hadn’t gone far u til I heard the words SNATRAINER.

it was pace and another hiker and Jukeboxes mum was taking them to Town.

Jump in snail.i put my pack in the back and soon we were at the Price Chopper store. Juke boxes mum was going to wait and take us back . but after she had been into Town to buy me breakfast and coffee.

I whizzed around the shop. brought a turkey sub for lunch (later) then sat outside decanting my food into baggies.

I had just finished. when another hikers said another Brit. His name was Louis and he was from Northampton. spooky and he also hiked with Prancer on the Te Aerour ( spelt wrong) which is hike of New Zealand even spookier.

We chatted for a while untill Jukeboxes mum returned. Here’s. your breakfast snail and it’s on me.

I thanked her and then woofed it and downed my coffeee god was I thst hungry.

She then took us back to the trail head. I took a photo . then began to sort my food Into my pack. Bugger I didn’t trash. I nicely asked a Sobo to take it as she was going into town.

Great I hoisted my pack .it groaned . I put it down to being wet. then I marched back into.the forest . it was fairly busy.tourists. dog walkers, At hikers going both ways and long trail hikers going both ways . it was a fairly steep climb but once at the top I noticed the cable car. or ski lift. and wow amazing views and a clear day With sun.

Lying on the sun was Sasquatch and Samaritan. Hiya guys we did our normal greeting and talked some crap before they left. I had a few more minutes then set off After them

The first part of the trail was badly overgrown . I guess the tourists don’t come this way.

I pushed on passing several more Sobos . then I met two friendly faces. it was Sasquatch and Samaritan getting water. As they had their filter set up they filtered me a litre. Thanks guys see you up the trail.

where are you heading snail ?

I would like to do another 8 miles. and stop around 5ish so I can dry my tent.

Good call they both said but I knew with their speed they would do at least 10 may be 14 more miles.

I pushed on still no I g down then abruptly back up. and no views untill my next climb.

I pushed on still trui g to keep my feet out of the mud..the water I didn’t mind but not the mud. my watch pinged 1pm but these was no where to stop. I manouvdred over more planks around huge rocks over tricky tree roots that want you to fall over .

Eventually I came to another trail head and a huge rock for me to sit on perfect. There was also a water cache here but I was good. I excitedly unwrapped my turkey sub and took my first bite mmm it was delious . and it soon disappeared followed by two large plums and a apple thst I had also brought.

As I was finishing off a girl hiker called soul-less arrived . she was also carrying a banjo.

Queue the music !!@

Why soul-less I asked ?

She then removed her shoe sole from.her pack. so I laughed.

Where you heading I asked?

I’m trying to get to the pond (Lake,)

Oh cool . so am I so I may see you unless I go straight on.

I finished up and resumed my walk the plank , dodge the mud slosh through the stream game.. zi did this for several more hours till I had to cli.b two more huge mountains one have me a view the other Nada.

Eventually I reached the next shelter. I stopped took a photo wrote in the book and pushed on . only about a mile to go and that will do me.

I soon saw the lake again it looked lovely. i crossed over 3 bridges over 3 different creeks then I was here.

I wandered through the campsite then walked back I saw Soul-less so said hi.

i then looked for a tent pad.

I found on and grabbed it put my tent half way up so it could dry. then walked back to the lake. I was a bit premature in choosing this pad as there were much nicer ones further on. but hey I’m here.

I filled up with water then walked back . I soon had a cup.of tea in my hand and was relaxing when the care taker arrived who was called Bella.

I paid my $5 ,then began to cook tea. As it was cooking I pegged out my tent and fastened it to the pad using sticks .. Clever Snail.

Then I woofed my tea cheesy pasta with broccoli and tuna. followed by an orange yum .

That’s me done zzz

Start. 1646

Finish. 1662

Miles. 16 miles

Miles to go 528


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