Day 128 Getting Nearer to the Whites

Wednesday 15th Aug

I rolled out of bed and went to visit the loo. Then began to pack up . although I had stuff everywhere

i grabbed my pack and carried it down to.the hostel and sat it on a bench. Then i grabbed a lemonade from.the fridge and necked it, before pouring myself a coffee.

I repacked my pack putting it in in its correct order.

I sat chatting to other hikers as I watched other hikers walk out the door heading for the trail. I was finding it hard to leave. I brought myself a breakfast croissant and as it cooked in the microwave refilled my water bladder and finished packing. I woofed my breakfast then paid my bill.

I put on my socks and shoes stowed my flip flops and I was ready.
Samaritan, Sasquatch and shortmile had just left .
i walked back to the trail with a hiker Named Badger
We crossed the first creek. before the first climb, This first mountain was called Mt Moosilauke 4802 ft

and was 4 miles up I climbed at my normal pace , slow and steady slow and steady . it was fairly mice switchbacks and then it began to get steeper and steeper .

soon I was clambering over rock and it was slippery. I eventually got to the top just gone 12 pm almost 2.5 hours and was there a view . Sadly not the mist whirled around the sun teased but the mist was in charge.

I stood at the summit admiring the fog then found a sheltered position to have some snacks and drink my can of red bull that I had carried in case I needed the energy buzz.

So once up it was down again, it was a nice trail for the first half hour . Then it dived sharply down and there were huge rocks to navigate aground or over . Once again slow is safe and safe is slow. as I neared The next hut the boys appeared .Samaritan, Sasquatch and shortmile.
I began to follow them down that seemed to take forever, But no-one wanted to hurry and hurt themselves.

as we descended we passed many beautiful waterfalls. In some places the trail was so steep that wooden steps had been fixed into the rock.

At last we were all down. When I walked into the car park, there was a a triple crown hiker who was doing trail magic.. the boys shortly joined me . she cooked us each a breakfast roll. cheese, pesto, egg and potato which we delicious and then she  gave us beer .

The other were hiking on but I was Heading to TOWN.
I was staying at the hostel. as I had stuff to get in the morning from post office.

I soon got a Hitch and was shortly at the hostel . The Notch  I checked in, grabbed loaner clothes, took a shower
I then had a massive panic as I had mislaid my phone ..almost calamity as in had dropped it in the road maybe when i got out of my ride.
Once settled i  got ride into town, brought some beer and snacks then hitched back

now chilling after woofing. A pizza and supping beer .

The Notch Hostel
2-star hotel
324 Lost River Rd, North Woodstock, NH 03262, United States+1 603-348-1483

Great place to stay  great  hosts

Start. 1792
Finish. 1801
Miles. 9
miles to go 389

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