May 1st 2022
My Alarm went off ,I snoozed it well I couldn’t do the trail in daylight so would not have a chance in the morning dark. I eventually let down my pad at 6am and was on trail by 6.30,My colleague from yesterday was just heading out.
I headed out after him but he was fast so eould probably see him later at the store.
The good thing about him going ahead was I was able to see his water crossings and the direction he took.
As it was early I was dreading my first water crossing,luckily it wasn’t that deep.
The trail weaved in and out and back and fourth across the Hila followed by several long stretches.
the morning was going well,I had 2 litres of filtered water that should get me to Doc Cambells okay. By 9am I think I had crosed the river about 20 times, so needed to stop to remove the gravel from my shoes,and there was the perfect logo sitdown on.
I removed my shoes and socks,shook out both then replaced them.
I was able to still follow the other hiker.opps spoke too soon . Mystery trail time. Although have since learnt their appears to be trails on both sides of the river.
After the next crossing all trails seem to merge and I’m on the “ONE” trail again phew lol.
I had a small climb and wow what a view! The scenery on this section was just amazing. I stood here for several minutes just gazing.
I pushed on and soon came to a large bridge. Here Guthooks got a bit confused which bloody was,eventually i was pointed in the right direction and set off down the road.Omg the road radiated the heat and it was hot.
As I passed the hotsprings I knew I wasn’t far away and yes in the distance was the store thank god!.
I’m here whoop omg omg
I can’t believe it
Sat outside on a bench was Rocks, Michelle, Hawkeye and Dr Rob.
I thought that they would be miles away so I wasa little overwhelmed. So great to see them all.
Sadly Michelle has had enough and is quiting which is sad.
I went Inside grabbed a gatoraid and a tub of vanilla ice cream. They make it on site and oh my it was delicious. So good I had to get a second. After I got my Resupply box and sat outside trying to fit all the contents into my pack.
Mid morning we heard that a stage of a cycle race was coming through the town.
We were alerted the sound of a police siren. Shortly followed by the support motorcycles ,then the leaders a group of about 10 bikes. 5 mins later the main group
Followed by all the support cars and ambulance .After about 10 minutes the stragglers came by.
They did a loop by the Gila cave dwellings then came back through. Quite exciting to watch !.
Okay 1 more tub of ice cream.then it was across the road to the RV park to camp.
I followed Ducky across., beneath a tree was shoes ,Chameleon and Calvin all cowboy camping (there is a bet)
Just as I started putting up.my tent the end got up so I gave up until the wind died.
Once the tent was upi went and had a great shower.oh it was a great shower.
Okay dinner, before leaving the store I brought Rissoto and chicken backpackers Pantry. Its a freeze dried meal. Bloody tasty.