Well it was a little blowy last night. But I think I slept well.
I had set my alarm for 4.45 but silenced it then lay there for a while but I had to get up, I let the air our of my mattress and slowly packed up. I was in trail by 5.30 and set off along the river bank to water after about an hour I spied the cattle trough.
I bottled up and headed on eventually the river bed became dust .I crossed over the cattle grid and headed to the main road. It was a long winding road passing by several very smart ranches..
At the road where several boxes left by a church group. i dumped my cow water for fresh then headed out to walk the 13 miles to Silver city. Luckily there was a dust road besides it keeping me safe from the traffic. As in began to walk the wind got up and typically it was in my face.
I guess it helps keep it cool ,but it just made my nose run great .
I pushed on passing a dead and decaying horse nice. Eventually my foot path ran out so I crossed over the road and continued my yomp
Afte several hours I thought why am I carrying so much water. So stopped and dumped 2 litres. Well thats much better .
After another two hours I noticed a pickup pull up on the other side of the road. As I got nearer I noticed it was Tim. I crossed over are you going to give me lift in ?
Do you want lift in?
Yes…no not really.
He handed me a Gatorade omg how good was that, it was ice cold so I couldn’t neck it. We chatted a while as I drank my drink.
Okay back to the trail sorry road . I pushed on and the sun reappeared. Wow its amazing how quickly the sun can heat the tarmac,roasting my feet.
The hours slowly passed but I was no closer to silver city until… I reached the sign , but it was still a few miles until I reached town.
I found the hikers hostel but it was rammed and so no vacancies, so I headed down town. Next hotel was also full, fuck fuck. okay the next one had vacancies but was very expensive… and they only had room for tonight and I wanted two nights, dam it okay I will take it.
Fuck, fuck, fuck my credit card is declined I think the chip has just failed.
Luckily I had a back up credit card, but it was stored safely at the bottom of my pack so every thing came out as i frantically searched for it , getting more embarrassed. Finally I managed to pay and at last entered room, dumped my kit, stripped off and stepped straight into the shower.
Wow that was so good.
Once dried I called the credit card company, They were worse than useless so not impressed
So maybe I will get a call back in the middle of the night….Maybe.
I put my uk sim into my back up phone and headed out to find ATM, I retried my card, the pin worked but then funds were refused. Bollocks . So I withdrew money on my spare card.
This is not going to plan, but I have money so now food.
I found a place called “Little toad crew brewery” so several beers and a Mexican Ruben’s
Fed and watered i headed back to watch telly and upload videos, on the way back i popped into the “Palace Hotel to see if they had any rooms for tomorrow? Sadly not but he was really helpful, he showed me that the hotel I am staying in is now showing vacancies for tomorrow. He also gave me names of several other hotel’s what a great bloke.
I raced back to my hotel and managed to book another room tomorrow, its a different room but who cares its a room.
On the way to the lift I bumped into Rock & her friend
Milage. 17 phew