Tuesday 14th Aug
I had just finished packing when a lady hiker came past. so I fell in behind her
I could of made the shelter last night as it was only another 1.5 miles. but then that makes everything late.
I followed her up.the climb untill she said she needed a break . See you up.thr yrsol I said and pushed on . the trail was nice switch backs but they soon stopped and the climbing began . it was a hands needed climb. and itvwas not that well blazed. where next? this way . I scrambled up and was looking forward to the view…But sadly there was none just fog and more fog.
I stood staring into the gloom . Okay snail let’s go I pushed on Or Rather I would if I knew where I was going. luckily a sobo appeared out of the mist so I knew which was to head. The next few hours were a combination of bouldering and climbing up and down up and down..
suddenly I began to hear lots of cheering and shouting. . maybe it’s a swimming hole. But when I emerged onto a road it made sense. It appeared to be a large sports ground a d the kids were playing footie or similar. I didn’t really focus on them. I walked a short way down the road in the opposite direction. then began my next climb.
I pushed on as I wanted to get to at least 12.30 before stopping for lunch
As I emerged out onto another road I heard
would you like a cold beer?
Yes please I said looking srtound and seeing an old chap say by his pickup truck.
I dropped my pack and walked over.
Beers are in the cooler he said
I reached over and grabbed a can then sat on his tailgate as I sipped it as I chatted to him.
He was up from.florida visiting friends at a hostel.
she suggested that I stop by.
I hadn’t looked thst far ahead but thought it soundrd a great place.
I thaked him for the beer and set off back up trail.
He said the hostel was approx 9 ish miles .thst would work I said to myself.
As I hiked on my. tummy began to rumble as I hadn’t eaten yet.I remembered that I had snacks in my pocket so began to hear and snack .
at 4pm I decided to take a break so began to look for a suitable place to sit and found a great rock. I dropped my pack took off my socks and shoes to air my feet.
I attacked my snacks . as I sat relaxing a hiker couple came past bit I hadn’t seen them before.
I took 20 minutes before moving off. Okay snail 4 miles to go or 2 hours. I put my headphones in found some music and zoned out . It wasn’t long untill I was standing at the road. zi needed to go right for
.25 of a mile. I hadn’t walked far when a large black people carrier stopped it was the Boston hiker whose name I still don’t know .Do you know him his dad said who was driving .
I chucked my pack in the back and jumped in .It wasn’t far to the hostel
As we drove in sat in front on a picnic bench was Short mile and Sasquatch.
a bloody he’ll guys great to see you
I thanked Boston’s Dad then walked into the hostel
The care taker handed me some linen then walked me around the place. I was in the new Bunk room which I thought was amazing . Almost palatial. it had only just been builtcsi smelt of fresh pine. I grabbed a bunk.up stairs. and unpacked then walked back to the hostel as there was. a village run. or rather. a good and beer run.
We got dropped at the store. I ordered a hiker burger, Strawberry milkshake and fries. Then walked to the shop and brought a few snacks and beer.
Once back st
he hostel I set to work on my burger . it was massive and I didnt really need the chips.
Once my dinner was eaten I did laundry then jumped until the shower. It was so nice to be clean with clean clothes.
I then sat outside with other hikers and relaxed drinking beer and chatting about the trail.
at 9 i went inside where some hikers were watching the Big lewbosky . a great film ..Once over i turned in
miles to go. 398