Breakfast was at 7am at Shaws the other hostel in town. so at 6.30 I emerged visited the loo then stepped our side to gauge the weather it was cold so I grabbed my puffy and set off up town.
Once there I walked into the hostel.it was a nice of activity there were 4 large tables laid up 2 filled with family faces. I grabbed a large cup of coffee and sat at an empty table in was imeaditly joined by the comander and low gear we gave our order the choice being scrambled or fried eggs and how you wanted them cooked. It was a fairly slick.operation as 40 starving hikers got fed and with freshly cooked eggs.
My plate arrived 3 fried eggs a mound of bacon and fried potatoes that were cooked to perfection in.orger words bloody good
I dug in . inbetween top ups of coffee and orange juice. .aww could have more if we wanted. but we still had pancakes to come so I waited . A plate stacked high with freshly cooked blueberry pancakes was then set on the table.
The pancakes were the side of a saucer and 1/2 ” ,,thick. people tend to smear them with butter stack another on top then pour over the maple syrup so.i copied and they were Devine I had 6. a d decided that was plenty so a few more cups of coffee and I was done and all for $9 Bloody great value.
I went to say good bye to all my trail family so we all took photos. before I made my way back to my hostel and begin the process of packing.
I unpacked it all first them.packed up I gave a bag of Doritos and Ritz biscuits to another hiker and my remaining bear to Bilbo.
I double checked . greated my water and cheese from the fridge..put my old shoes to be recycled and I was ready
.I lifted up.my pack Omg this is fucking heavy nut it’s got 7 days worth of food in it and 2 litre of water. I struggled down the stairs and dropped it on to the back of the waiting car ,( The hostel offers a free shuttle back to the trail head)
Okay Snailtrainer have you got everything? The owner said.
I bloody well hope so I replied. Then we were moving. Monson is a really lovely town and i enjoyed my stay with you. I told the owner .
She was really pleased and asked why I chose it . so I explained.
We are here. I thanked her and retrieved my pack and slowly hoisted it up onto myback.
Omg I winced. .well it can only get lighter I laughed to myself waved goodbye and set off down the trail . I hadn’t gone far when I felt thst something wasnt right with my left shoe. could be a wrinkle in.my sock. so I stopped smoothed out my socks . dropped several vit-Is and continued on my way again I hadn’t gone far when I ran into Truck. she was flipflopping but she shieked when I said my name. Fame at last I laughed. But she had been hiking a while with Dan & Beth Magic and Red so we gossiped for a good ten minutes.
I pushed on but the beginning of the trsil was littered with roots thst really twisted my shoes hurting my feet ..and these shoes were new do didn’t have any give yet. so my feet were being hurt so a few. obscenities filled the air . At last the roots faded out. and i came to a sign telling mecthst in was now entering the 100 mile wilderness and that ok should be prepared. or I should turn back.
my heavy pack reminded me thst i was prepared. so.i laughed to myself. took.the obligitary photo. and marched on
By mid morning I had passed about a dozen beautiful lakes or ponds . and the sun was now begining to shine.. I now began to climb and was soon on large slabs of rock but these were made of slate. as I climbed I began to see several sea planes I presumed. they were going to the festival in Monson. I pushed on. and soon arrived a beatiful river thst dropped in tone gorge far below . Day here were Peanut and Poppins. hey guys I said . They must be taking lunch as began to.move as I got there ..See you later Snail. they called as they vanished into the woods.
I took some photos then took off after them.. I followed the river for some time then split off and arrived at a beaver lake I crossed over just behind the dam then I was on the boards . I bounced over the boards. as they zig zaged through the forest . I then emerged on the opposite bank of the Beaver pond . Perfect for moose but not today . as I walked I scoured the marshes , but nought. The trail then took x sharp right back into. he forest and shortly ok was climbing again on the huge slate slabs
It wasn’t month before I was rewarded with amazing views of the water meadow and beaver pond below
Then I saw another seaplane and tried to film it. not sure I’ll.look later. I pushed on. as I find these easy to walk over
It was now really hot . the huge slabs radiating the heat upwards . phew but with my new shoes I had more confidence in the grip and was able to almost race. across them and walk. down the walls. with out falling
Soon I was joined by the river again thst made me think that the water crossing must be coming up. It’s another. ford so shoes off. i followed the river for almost 30 minutes untill I caught peanuts and Poppins dog walker with them for a while untill we reached the crossing
. There was a girl halfway across and on the other bank were mousetrap and sunshine. I waved to them then removed my pack and started to remove my shoes and socks . hung them high on my pack ,put my phone in the brain along with my Mp3 player Put on my flipfops then i was ready. I joked with Poppins I’m starting with two flip flops see if I finish with two.
As I slid into the water i slipped on the rocks and almost fell over. Good start I thought. I grabbed the rope and inched my way over using my pole to balance.
Hurrah over . I sat on a rock and ate an applexas my feet dried . then watched Poppins come across followed by peanut. Then So-hum and kaleidoscope arrived and Kaleidoscope seemed to just walk across.
I put on.my socks and shoes said see you all up the trail and marched on up the trail
I wanted to get to the next shelter which was about 6 miles away and it was now 2pm and who knows whats in front . I pushed on popping a boiled sweet into my mouth trying to.make it last as long as I could . Well it helped pass the time . I soon came go yet another beaver pond and the trail had been rerouted but was confusing . but I managed to navigate around . sadly no beavers . The rest of the after noon I crossed stream after steam with the occasional river .The clarity of the river water always amazes me
Once across I began to climb then imeaditly decend. but I was now on chunks of rock that i struggle to walk over . this then led to a large talus field that was from.an old rock slide. several river crossings later Poppins and Peanut cruise past me shortly followed by Kaleidoscope and So-hum . Whee are you heading snail? they asked
Trying for the shelter i replied
We are going to camp.just past the river .
Okay I said I see how I feel!
I exited out onto a road. and followed. them as they disappeared back.ontonthe trail.and crossed the river.
I crossed it too then decided to water up. .As I climbed up.i noticed several hikers a d their tents. hi guys unsaid and hiked on . then I noticed kaleidoscope and So-hum in a great spot down by the river. see you tomorrow guys. , nice spot!!
I continued on passing several other nice spits . when I came to a third I thought . No I..going to stop .it was 5.30 and I had done 15 miles.
I put up my tent made a brew. and as dinner was cooking hung my bag
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