Tursday 11th Septembe
my alarm went off just before the rain started so I lept out of bed and retrieved my food bag before it got soaked
I had just hot back.into my tent when whoosh down came the rain . bollocks I said very loudly and decided to get back into my bag and switch off the next two alarms.
The drumming on my tent soon sent me to sleep , I guess I just of needed it as I woke again st 7.30 and there seemed to be a lull in the rain .so I quickly put on a brew as I began to pack my bag and once every thing was almost in I began tent dismantle in the rain In fact I have become rather good at this . I unclip the fly from the tent then from.indide release the clips and roll the tent up leaving the fly standing. then I roll up the footprint and lastly the fly.
I was rather pleased with that best effort so far. then I drained my tea and I was ready. . I walked down the trail Trying to avoid all the huge puddles . and thinking msy be if I had gone on I wouldn’t need to be doing this. I then came to another Ford……..
Now there are two important lessons. here.
No 1 I should of known that by checking my guide last night so FAIL.
when you reach a Ford do the obvious .take your shoes off and cross it …….What did I do ?
i walked all the way back to where I was camped looking for some where to rock hop. then decided that the rocks were tooo slippery . So had to take my shoes off anyway.
The point thst I crossed was no where near the trail so I then had to bushwack back to the trail do in l wasting about an hour FAIL!!!!!.
Once I was back on trail. it was slow going as there were so many vast puddles to manoeuvre around..Bollocks were some of my words as I’m.in nice new shoes and I’m trying to keep them as dry as possible. .even though the trail was fairly wide it was a task. Eventually I came to a sign pointing where I should go. once on this trail it was a night mare it was completely coveted by three roots and in the dry they are a pain but in the wet they are lethal. so I couldn’t get any speed. and in between the roots I was crossing stream after stream . I was soon joined by the river. some places it was wide and quite and other places it dropped down falls with a deafening sound. I pushed on noting several campsites thst I could of made if I had gone on .
then I came across mustards hammock I. recognised his chair. similar to mine. I shouted do abuse which is customery and carried on .
so soon met two hikers coming the other way . great falls ahead they said but really I have seen enough of them but sounded interested .
I pushed on in the rain avoiding roots and slippery rocks eventually arriving at the shelter. it was 12 when I got here Twinkle was here but was about to leave . there were four others in the shelter who had no intention of leaving
Kaleidoscope and So-hum had stayed bit went out early. I dropped pack and visited the loo .Wow it was new and rather grand.
Then I sat at the shelter and had lunch and a brew. then set off After twinkle ha ha .no way could I catch her and especially when it up.
the rain was still falling when I reached the peak of my first mountain Gulf haggis
Mountain . but being rainy and foggy no views so it was off to my next mountain. White Cap and on a clear day you can see Katahdin but highly unlikely today . THE down was fairy slippery so I was taking it easy I was in no rush. as I hadn’t planned a big day 12 miles should do it with the climbing the rain and late start.
I had stopped earlier to get my ear buds out so was fairy happy as I made my way down the trail. there were several small climbs but nothing too serious . but the nect minute I was on.my back pointing downwards ..luckily I had grabbed a root or I would of fell further. I not sure what happened but I had slipped and I was just. I righted myself and retrieved my poles. I thought may of broke a finger but it seemed to move . I was batters and bruised and really annoyed with myself. I also had another gash on.my knee.
For Fucks sake I said to myself so after getting up i stood still for several minutes before continuing on . the drop must of annoyed my phone as the music volume kept going up and down on it own so after failing to fix it I switched my phone off and continued in a gloomy silence .
I shortly passed another camp site thst was still dotted with tents as their owners were not moving. I resisted the urge to shout “come on you lazy fuckers it’s only rain ” ,and pushed on through the camp.and began my second climb in just under 2 hrs I reached my nect mountain but it wasnt white cap ..instead it was Hay Mountain …I was a little confused . back to lesson 1 read the guide .
fact white cap was nect and approximately 1 mile away ..I.pushed on up the climb and at last this was today’s target white cap mountain ..But it was foggy , misty, cloudy so.i took.the obligitary photo and began my decent .
which was over loose rock to begin with do I was painfully slow as j didnt want any more falls . At last I was back on mud and it would be just under 2 hikers and is be at the shelter and done….. hopefully . The decent was mostly down stone staircases which I quite like .
but in the rain I don’t trust them. I stopped now and then as it was. just so silent . so I stopped just to listen to it and I know. but no birds squeaky squirrels or anything . as I made my way down I cod see thst the trail guys had been busy they were putting in new stairs . Wow I am.impressed.
At last the shelter . I got my chair up first made a long awaited cuppa then put up my tent
Phew I’m done thst seemed a long hard day but I did my 12 miles whoop
miles left. 71