woke at 5 and stripped down stepping on trail by 7.go to get slicker at packing up.
The morning was delightfully cool and the trail nice to walk on.
The sun was coming up but I was able to walk in the shade.i soon came to an amazing tree if I hadn’t had my silly diversion I could have got here.grrr.
As I went around the next corner I ran into my first cow. Almost surreal. Well it made me laugh.
At last the cache came into view.
I quickly dropped my pack.signed the register and began to top up.my bottles.i put in some nunn another type of electrolyte. I headed out with another 5 L.I took the road as the shuttle drivers had suggested as this part of the trail is in need of some attention !!.
An other hiker was heading south was carrying 6 L and another hiker named CC was carrying 7 L wow that’s heavy.
it was 10.30 and already HOT,I was making good pace then I hit a wall.i needed shelter..I luckily spied a place and dove in.put down my tyvek and hid from the sun. I stayed here for 30 minutes well until the sun stole my shade .As I packed up to leave disaster.i must have put my pack on my bite valve as my bladder was empty OMG. FUCK FUCK.
I heard a engine luckily it was Tom on his way back .I flagged him down and he was able to give me 2 liters. Phew. Although water was in 4 miles.
I pushed on down the road it was still roasting. My feet were okay but just cooking from the heat of the ground so needed to stop to let them cool. The two guys I started with then appeared Hawkeye and Kevin. I shadowed them for several miles as they apeared to have similar pace.This is Kevin’s first attempt at a thur hike so I’m fairly impressed.
as another shuttle driver passed I asked about water.1.8 to well water and 4 to the cache..
Okay well water will do..As I approached the cows sped off in all directions.The water was a large tank fed by a solar pump.
.inside the tank was thick hose that was flowing great water.
I had had enough for today so thought I’d put up my tent. MISTAKE. it’s just far too hot.
I joined my fellow hikers under the tree. They had their feet soaking inthe cattle trough. I joined them omg.Joy..
After a while they left to crush a few more miles. I should have done the same!.
I sat by the tank under the shade but I was still too hot. I was fairly annoyed with myself.
I am learning lessons here and quickly.
Once it was cool enough I went straight to bed.as I am getting behind schedule (I don’t have a shedule)
mileage 12 oh dear!