I didn’t sleep to well on my lumpy bed so was eased when the alarm went off. I visited the privy should of taken.my camera as it was very very nice ..brand spanking new.
After I retrieved my food
bag and put on a brew.
My tent was fairly wet due to dew or being by the river.I packed up then scoffed an apple pie thst I had been carrying. slurped my tea and I was on my way. I walking foreardcto today as it was rumoured to be ‘Flat”. It was fairly over cast as I made my way down the trail . the first first mile was very rooty and after my fall yesterday I was being cautious. then I had several small climbs..As I was halfway down another hiker caught me so I let him pass. .The trail at last flattened out and so I could get a good pace. untill I came to a large blowdown area. most had been cut.
Thanks trail people but there were still a few to climb over or under. I pushed on navigated a few wobbly planks over bogs and soon arrived at the next shelter. I was fairly eased with my pace.so I stopped to sign the register.
This is where it went wrong . somehow I got turned around and headed back the way I came . I had cover 1.5 miles when I ran into another hiker. Your going the wrong way he said.
As sobos say this all the time. you tend to Bollocks and carry on . But this hiker I recognised as his hammock was by my tent .
Fuck fuck I said to myself
And out loud how the fuck did I do that. lucky I met you or I would be back where I started..I promptly turned around and headed NORTH. mumbling to myself and a few obscenities on the journey back I recognised landmarks why didn’t I notice then when I headed south Arrrrhhh. and sure enough the shelter reappeared . a few more swear words from me and I pushed on past it shortly arriving at a river .it was easy to rock hop and I was soon over and trying to make u the 3 miles that I had just wasted . I had 20 miles in mind and that may not be possible. now thst the evenings are getting darker earlier now.
I pushed on through the forest making the most of the great flat trail yes there were a few humps but nothing silly .I had my music up loud and I was going as fast as I could with out exhausting myself . I had one biggish climb later but it wasn’t huge. I pushed on untill I met another hiker who had just stopped for water. It’s great water mate he said.
How far is it? I replied
It’s just there” he said pointing.
So I went and grabbed a bottle
I was just back on trail when Iran into onion. I had met her before but i wasn’t sure where .
I used on again and came across the hiker and onions hiking partner .They were in deep conversation . so.i passed him. at once the trail began to climb and I was was once again on Rock slabs . I had some great views but decided that i didnt want to stop until the peak. it wasn’t a huge climb and so was soon at the top as my watch pinged 12. That will do I decided and found a rock to sit on .I was going to make a brew but I didn’t want to stop that long
So cheese and biscuits. some jerky..peanuts and skittles and I was away. I had already eaten my hiking snacks to help me get over my 3 mile detour .so there was no more.
But I was telling good ..my target was antlers campground still 12 miles away or six hood hours . I can do that
I pushed on down this lovely trail passing numerous ponds but I had got fed up looking for moose thst I no longer cared so sped straight past .jumping taken trees or walking around them . I crossed numerous board a over numerous bogs . noticing piles of new all a now and then. Again a big thank you Trail people .
I began to decend slightly Nd could see a road ahead and several people. It was trail magic two guys who had recently finished were paying it forward.
Beer or coke they asked .
Beer please..I took a seat ate about a dozen orials biscuits. 2 bags of crisps 3 chocolate cups and 2 satsumers and I washed that down with another beer.
Out a few snacks into my pockets before thanking them and set back to my task .only 10 miles now
I reckon I’ll be there by 6.30.
I pushed and pushed .but didntvwant to run out of steam. the trail was still perfect for me and I zoned out as I chased the miles. Another Ford
stoped me in my tracks but I managed to rock.hop it and the next one. 3pm pinged my watch that’s 6 more miles come on snail. but my energy was low . so i woofed. a rice crispy bar that I had obtained earlier .I was really saving it but I needed it .
4pm pinged my watch .I woofed the second rice crispy bar I had taken ..
I was now tired and cursed the 3 mile detour again .
Come on Snail.i urged myself . a d typi it when your tired and have had enough the trail becomes crap. I was doing over small boxers the size of football’s but I don’t trust them Orc rather my feet so I walk around them that wastes time nut I eentbto get there in one piece. At last the trail returns to a lovely trail and I can pace again. and then I’m.here thank god .st he campsite sits on the hedge of. xxxxx lake.
my tent is soon up and s brew is on the go whoop 20 miles or 23 With the detour
miles left. 51