Day 20 Gila and busy Beavers

May 3rd

The alarm went off at 4.45 I snoozed  it then switched it off, the second alarm went off at 5.30 and I reluctantly  pulled the stopper on my bed, before putting on a brew and slowly packed up hitting the trail  at 6.30.
As I moved up the trail I passed the 2 French boys (Canadian), followed by a cowboy camper and in  the background I think Band-Aids tent.
I pushed on  splashing through numerous river crossings at 10.30 I stopped to remove  the gravel. It’s amazing how it gets onto your shoes.. I pushed on, several of river crossings were on bed rock and these were so slippery.  I had to shuffle across ,although they were not deep I still didn’t want slip and fall.

1pm okay lunch. Perfect a rock.
I walked over and dropped my pack, before walking back to the river to get water. Once done I sat eating lunch before Band-Aid appeared. We chatted  then she was gone as she wanted another 10 miles.
I finished lunch, I would love 10 miles but that’s hopeful. 
Not far up the trail  I came to a small flight of  rapids, I climbed above them then sat there for several minutes.

Come on snail miles to do so I reluctantly pushed on up the trail .
Beavers !! there was a large dam across the river, I find these creatures fascinating  and sat and stared at the dam for several minutes scanning the chomped down trees. Don’t know why but this makes me smile.

BUT!  beavers making dams means the water is much deeper, bad bad beavers lol.
So I had good dunking as I crossed   brrr. I pushed on but the sun was baking and at 3pm I began to ran out of omph.
I found a tree and took a 30 minute nap. I really needed  that and took off again can I get to 6pm?
At 5.30 I watered up and washed out my shoes.
As I crossed a roads (Dirt track) I noticed a camp with beautiful horses and tents, maybe an adventure or ?? I didn’t like to ask.

Okay 6pm a flat spot, that will do, I soon had my tent up and time to relax

Milage 17


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