Saturday 1st September
I snoozed my alarm several times before finally emerging
Sandy was packed and just just about to leave as I took the long walk to the privy, It was quite far away . maybe it was too rocky to put it else where ?
Once back at my tent I put on Brew and began to pack up, it was a fairly chilly morning so the hot tea helped me revive .Okay I’m ready I swapped shirts , hoisted up my pack and said goodbye to the remaining hikers.
I began to climb at once , but was clumsy as I hadn’t yet got my body working. (it takes a while).
Once in my stride began to push I wanted 14 miles which was to the next camp site, more if possible!
It wasn’t long until I caught the students who ere camped last night, They were just starting again after a break but I insisted that they go ahead.
I have my own pace and don’t need to be pushed so watched them go giving them a bit of a head start. I i continued on I could still hear their voices echoing through the forest .
It seemed an odd day ,dull and cloudy until the sun came out lighting up the forest. I was now in the zone when I almost walked into Sir-Mixalot.
“Hi how’s it going” he said
“Great” i responded
The “Team” are normally behind him so it wont be long until i run into them .
Sure enough bringing up the rear were Passenger, Wander-woman, The commander, a new face of Lowgear and finely Bleep.
It was good to see them all we greeted each other then headed in opposite directions.
I then caught the students again, they laughed at me when I caught them
“So slow and steady wins” one said.
“Maybe as I don’t go fast” I laughed
I carried on and soon came to a fairly large river that I managed to ford without getting wet feet.
Once across it was another climb, I followed the stream up the mountain. The trail climbed and climbed and soon I could hear voices, It was another group of students on orientation.
They asked about my hike and were all pleased for me and wished me good luck, Which was kinda nice.
As I began to push, two runners and a dog came down the trail. One was Jason the guy who did the amazing trail magic. We chatted for a while before I pushed on .By now my tummy was rumbling as it was 12pm the shelter can’t be too far away I thought and yes, there is the blue blaze.
I shortly arrived, dropped my pack and put on a Brew.
Just then Ma Angel arrived
“Hiya Snail “she said
We had met several weeks ago . so we chatted away as I took lunch.
She gave me a packet of dried Mango which Iove and 2 tahini protein bars which were weird but I scoffed anyway.
We both packed up and headed in opposite directions ,I pushed on and was in the zone when I heard my voice being called. It was Kaleidoscope and Ahem.
Where have you guys been I laughed as i expected them to catch me mid morning.
“We had a lie in” they said.
They are fast so can afford that luxury.
The trail here was well maintained meaning I should be able to make my target. To my right was Sugarloaf Mountain another skiers paradise. (in Winter).
There was a side trail to it, but not for me as I pushed on hoping to camp early again.
I emerged out onto a side of a cliff which had great views. I began to head down, it was very slippery on the loose gravel that then turned in to a hand over hand .
Bloody great !!!. It was very sketchy, I just wish I had longer legs ,It took me a while as I’m not that flexible, about half way down the trail decides that you should climb back up again . What bloody nonsense!!
Then of course ,once up its now down again ARRRRHH!!!.It was hard work but at last I was on level ground.
The next campsite was 2 miles ahead ,great I thought as I pounded down the trail, crossed another river then began my last 1 mile climb. At last I came to the site for the campsite. It was ~2 but on my left was a perfect flat spot and a stream. Snail this will do me.
My tent was soon up and I had a brew on .
As I sat in my chair enjoying my cuppa. streams of people came by several from Quebec who were really chatty. followed by Jason and his running partner again, spooky I said.
Then my companions from last night began to appear and lastly Sandy.
“Hey I thought you were already camped.?” I said
But no, She had climbed Sugarloaf, We chatted for a while before she set off to the camp.
Okay bed for me
Miles left. 195