Friday 24th August
my alarm went off I silenced it then the next
it had just gone 7 when I finally emerged
Bugger in wanted to be up earlier. so why did switch of the alarms. I groggily got up visted the loo then the Bear box . there were so many hikers streaming out of camp as the shelter was packed last night. I made my way to the cooking area and made tea I was going to make breakfast too but I couldn’t be bothered .It was late and I knew it was going to.be a slow getaway.
I first needed to repair or sort out my pack . I grabbed my fanny pack the buckle looked similar. msy be thstcwould work . I cut off the buckles and removed the broken one from.my pack ureka!! it fits. thank god .
hopefully it will do until I can order a new one from Osprey.
As I walked out of camp I could still here the boys .
I continued up.the side trail back to the trail at the signpost to the camp I stared at it the distance was faded but read 1800 yards. still it was further than thst.
I pushed on happy thst my buckle was now fixed off would of been a night mare with out it and I would if probably gone into the first town.
The morning always start with a climb and so today’s was no exception. the views were great nut it’s a similar view for the last four of days stunning but once you have seen trees you have seen them domi pushed on and over more rock thst saps your strength and gets you’re heart pumping.
down I began to hear voices a d soon came across a group of 8 hikers . excuse me I said and they all stood aside to let me through. Thank you.
I pushed on while i had the momentum and energy. ha ha .
soon I was on the duck boards I like these as they are level and straight. meaning your not weaving in and out of the trees. which I find annoying once over the boards the trail dipped down and sharply.
This is the bit that kills my knees and it went down and down and down and down and down some more . the last bit was a stone stair case which again kills the knees I normally go down sideways as it feels better. but every now and then the step is steep meaning you really have to stretch your leg .
at last I was at the bottom and several creeks ran past
so Checked my map to see if I needed water or if I could push on. Nope there is plenty of water ahead . Great so less to carry. I did a small climb then I we in the forest on a smooth wide FLAT! path . that’s been a while such a joy to walk on I followed the creek along on this lovely path. I decided that I would take a break at 1pm or the shelter …..Whatever came first. It was the shelter..I dropped my pack and decided I’d make a brew. I was just pouring the water on to.my tea when iron man arrived.
he relaxed and had lunch as I did. Then a family and grandad and grandma. came along theyvwefe looking for a Falls . but I hadn’t see any neither had iron man. so they continued on .Then the Boys arrived Sasquatch and short mile looked as they had , had a swim. we exchanged insults then they pushed on as they were getting off at the road to resupply again in xxx xxx
after they passed kaleidoscope and ahem passed by. I packed up.and continued on
As I hiked on a man came up.the trail saying there is magic in the patking lot. Great thanks I said
I wasn’t long till I arrived there was Sasquatch short mile, Samaritan, Iron man, kaleidoscope Ahem and the lady doing the magic. we swapped a dozen more insults then the lady passed me a bowl of salad it was a chicken ceaser salad bloody tasty i washed that down with orange juics followed by a large chocolate milk. there were loads of muffins too..but a half hour before I had stopped for lunch typical .
the boys were going into town from here and the lady said that she would take them.I ambskways amazed at the generosity of people out here.
I wished them.well plus more insults and hiked out
thevtrsil goes down a d across a huge river.as I was emjoyingbtj view a customised car came by .itvwas a pickup and I lived it it had a 3.5 Chevy engine in it and looked fab
Once across the river it was approximately 7 more miles to camp and just for a change it was up
And steep I spent the afternoon climbing and by 4pm I was exhausted . as I sat on the top of another hill.
I checked my phone .I had service so quickly phoned osprey. I spoke to Christopher who was very helpful and would do his best to get the new buckle to me by Monday.
I felt chuffed. and as I hiked on was actually flying untill I got to the next big climb and my energy level dropped to empty.
how much further ..I calculated 6.30 and as I hike north the daylight is fading by 7 so dinner on the dark.
I pushed on my watch pinged 6pm great can’t be much further.. The trail has this annoying habit. that The last mile is like an army obstacle course thst true go kill you. and it’s even more fun when your knackered . tired and just want your bed..I was struggling fown The last climb when I heard voices behind me ..it was kaleidoscope and ahem..I let them pass. as thevtrsil to.the campsite was just in front.
At last I passed several tents , the privy and bear box. Then i saw Iron man..I set up.next to him then we ate together.
I expected Samaritan and his crew to arrive but maybe they have stayed in town
miles left. 291