I slept really well but not long enough. I quickly packed up as water was boiling for tea.
I drank it stowed it away and I was ready.
I followed the trail until I came to the blazed trail for water. Okay I’ll grab one more bottle. So dropped my pack ..as I said its a long way there and back.
Okay happy now I hoisted my pack .it was several small climbs. At the top was the two boy’s from yesterday.
I did my greetings then pushed on . After this, the trail just climbed and climbed. But it stayed level after this. Hurrah I pounded down the trail as it was good and the miles were whizzing.
As I began to go down a small service road I could see some elk but I couldn’t get my phone out quickly enough. So I held it just in case and typically as soon as I put it was a dozen more bounded past. Oh well then 5 deer skipped past.nice.
The path then flowed into a estate open area almost like a estates garden . In the center was a murky pond nice. Luckily I had enough water thank you. The trail skirted this beautiful park. As I climbed up and out I could see a building,it was marked as Pavilion on my App..when I got there it was a open Pavilion. With just enough shade. Then I spotted a drop toilet. So had to investigate. If you see one you have to use it lol.
I went back to the Pavilion and put on a brew and ate a few snacks. It’s amazing how a cuppa can really perk me up.
At 11 the trail began to climb and climb sharply. Then it was smooth for a bit steep down and then another climb that went on and one. At last that leveled out. OK water i walked down a small trail then I could see another hiker getting water brilliant.
When I arrived Energiser was sat on his chair lunching. Nice I thought.
I found some shade , Grabbed my bottles then went to find the water. It was icy cold. So I did not filter.
I took them back to where i had left my pack then relaxed .
Okay trail bugger its now very very hot
I still don’t seem to have any ooph after lunch I blaming the sun but it could be the Altitude??.
Okay 8 more miles,should be easy right! I should be able to do That by 6.pm
I set off okay but it wasn’t long until my pace was crap. But I kept pushing and pushing. The first part after lunch was fairly flat or down.but now I was ready to climb.
Just as I was pondering Father sticks appeared and took off up the mountain. I followed but when I got to the top he was nowhere to be seen,
I eventually found him taking a break. As I made my way down trail the temperatures began yo climb so I looked for a shady tree. .At 3.30 I took a break but most have dozed off as I woke at 4.30
Well I didn’t realy sleep well last night.
Okay snail 4 miles
Once again I attacked the trail but I was loosing I just didn’t have anything left in my tank.
At 5.50 I noticed a spot.
That will do. I got my tent up while tea was brewing.
I’m 2 miles short for water. Yes I could have pushed on but I didnt.
I had water so I have camped
Mileage looks disappointing
But for me it was a tough day