11th May 2022
I slept so well maybe it was the mileage from yesterday, but I am freezing. I was just packing up when the boys walked past me.
I quickly set off after them but on the flat they have a quick pace.,The first water was .5 and so it wasn’t long until I arrived there
I walked up the track past the tank, behind it was the solar panel. I switch it on and water flowed , I topped up my bottles and felt quite smug.
Several hours later I came across the two boys resting under the shade of a road sign so decided to join them. It wasn’t long until Rosemary, Old bag and Twerk arrived..we discussed our route then set off. Once again the road just snaked off into the distance.
Around this time my hip really begun to hurt and my pace slowed. I pushed on but wasn’t happy.
Up ahead Rosemary and Co turned to cross a field to the next water source another solar well.
I was sure I had plenty ,so pushed on still hurting. I soon came to a real road and turned right. I was hurting and put out my thumb. Then changed my mind and pushed on after about an hr I took a break under a tree. It wasn’t long until all the others joined me.
We sat there for 20 minutes Twerk was hurting too and was debating about hitching too.
NB;- So many hikers are getting injured mainly feet and legs as its so tough especially all the road waking.
Water was in 4 miles I can do that I said as my bladder was out. We all set off but the boys were soon out of sight. Normally I can keep up but not today. The girls were holding back because of Twerk.
After several hrs we arrived at the next cow tank. Cows were actually swimming in it .Nice.
But fresh water flowed from the solar well. We all topped up and rested. The girls then arrived but no sign of Twerk.
Okay it’s four more to the picnic ground and that makes 20 miles. I wasn’t sure if I had 4 more miles in me. But set off after the boys. Once again they were soon out of sight and they was also a dust cloud ahead luckily it missed me.
The hours ticked down I really wanted to camp but there was nothing no shade no cover nothing. I pushed on still hurting I could see trees in the distance. Maybe I could get there!!.
As I got nearer I noticed two bodies lying under a hedge. It was Hawkeye and Dr Tom, Good spot boys so I joined them .I had my eyes on those trees I said and was hoping there was a gate.
As we sat there the girls arrived.
There is the picnic area 1.1 ahead.
Picnic area can mean food and treats so pushed myself on.
I arrived about 20 minutes after the others.
Snail no camping here. Hawkeye said
Oh I said but there were picnic tables and drop toilets.
I walked further in and at the second picnic tables were Shoes and Chameleon. Shoes was also injured and had his foot bandaged.
So I put up my tent and joined them on the bench. Hawkeye and Dr Tom then appeared and joined us too.
May be it was my hip or maybe the sun as I felt really unwell and faint, Shoes gave me a lot of his water but it took me about an hour to feel better.
Hawkeye and Dr Tom cowboy camped so did Shoes and Chameleon but I retired to my tent.