Day 32

I slept well in my location and awoke to a lovely morning
my fly was a bit damp due to condensation, but it wasn’t soaked.
I put on a brew   and then had a bowl of instant oats before getting ready to hit the trail.
I was soon packed and hoisted up my pack.

I knew I had a few climbs early   well that’s as far as I dared look.
I was soon back on trail and continued my way.    It wasn’t long until I arrived at some  pylons  which is where one of my fellow hikers was aiming for.
It  was a great view if I could only  erase the pylons  out of the picture.
I  pushed on and began climbing, it was already warm and  so I was soon puffing and panting as I struggled  up my first climb
eventually I emerged out into a lovely meadow , Wow  so  pretty,
I  went to take a drink and  nothing , dam I thought my hose  must be kinked , and  one I start hiking I do not want to stop  but  I was hot and thirsty  so  had to .
I dropped my pack and  checked the hose  which  yes was kinked.
I adjusted it  then threw my pack up onto my shoulders  but  FUCK !!!

As I slung up my pack I had been standing on the end of it, ripping off my bite valve which shot into the air.  Immediately my precocious water began to leak all over the ground. I moved quickly to stem the leak   and dropping my pack. Once that was done I began a fruitless search for the bite valve. After 20 minutes   I gave up.
Losing my bite valve was a complete pain as I like to hike without stopping but without it I will need to stop often to refill my water bottles Arrrhhh.
But what is done is  done    , maybe I can get another today  I thought ……
I  hiked on     and  to my next climb   , I was a bit concerned as I was fairly low on water and it was 5 miles until the next, Oh well I thought I just need to take it easy , I had  just started  climbing when I came across a hiker named Brear Rabbit.
Did you see the water, He asked?
No I hadn’t,

Its just across the road  he said ,
As I didn’t think could do 5 miles  in the sun and whilst climbing I though it only wise to  go  back and get some.
I thanked him and  made my way back down the mountain.
I soon found the water that I hadn’t spotted earlier.
I topped up my bottles then  set  off back up the mountain.
I soon caught Brear Rabbit as he was  elder and slower than me, I thanked him again for  the  Info  and pushed on

As I came over   the summit I noticed a tree that was decorated, it was a shrine of memorial to a young lad who had died very young. I paused to read the tribute’s, which were very moving. While here I took a 10 min break too > While resting brear Rabbit appeared we chatted some more.

I pushed on and was soon in my stride   my goal was   Cherry Gap shelter which was about 6 miles away .
but I was now slow  as I had to keep stopping to  top up with water, which was a complete  pain .
At 12pm I decided to  take  lunch  as I  was struggling  , but that was mainly because I kept stopping to chat to people ,

After lunch I was in a better mood as I came to Cherry Gap shelter, but I wanted more miles so continued.

My new target was nowc5 miles away, as I began to drop down I met another hiker going southbound, He was a professor (teacher) we chatted a bit and explained about my Bite valve.
To my amazement he said well I don’t use mine your welcome to have it, It’s in my pack somewhere. He rummaged about for 5 minutes and produced the bite valve.
thank you, thank you so much I was so grateful.
and continued with a huge smile on my face.
The rest of the day was a roller coaster of ups and downs and ups and downs.
Eventually the Clyde Smith Shelter came  into view,
as i arrived Bumble Bee and her Hubby were here, another hiker  called nopoles   haned me  water   as i looked very warm.
i thanked him and  drained it , Thanks so much i said .
I then went and found a spot , as i walked  past the shelter i spotted handstand ,   and  several  new  hikers i didnt know .
I set up my tent then went to get water , whilst here i washed my socks and myself before  heading back.  One  of the girls was cooking dinner on a log so i went and joined her, Then another Girl  called Amy   joined us ..
After  dinner i hung by  back then hit my bed
Considering  the day    i had i was pleased to  get  here

Start  369
Finish 369
mileage 17.8 miles
Remaining 18 Miles

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