DAY 60 Leaving Lake City

12th JuneMy alarm sounded I snoozed it  and again and again.

Okay get up.

I left my tent and grabbed a towel from reception.

Visited the loo then jumped into the shower.Oh that’s is just so good.

Once dried I walked back to reception dropped my towel in the basket and grabbed my food bags, and returned to my tent.

I slowly packed up,When almost done I grabbed my last fruit jelly from the fridge. Woofed that down then grabbed my pack and carried it to the gazebo.

I must admit I thought it woukd be heavier but no it seemed okay  but yes it is heavy 

I dropped it by one of the tables and then took my bladder  to the sink to  rinse out 1 more time  and refill with fresh water.  I then put two lemon packets. .to be on the safe side i also filled up 1bottle 3/4 ,full.

Okay it’s still early so I sat on one of the benches and chilled as I topped up my phone. I think I’m out of data until next week. But that should be okay. 

There were three of us heading out. Myself  Jared and Gourmet .

One of the Staff* has agreed to shuttle us back to the trail head

It seemed longer to get there than it did for me to arrive..

Soon we were here.i put a $20 in the drivers hand and removed my pack 

Okay it’s slmost 10am  I will be quite happy with 10 miles today.

I hoisted up my pack crossed the road and I’m back on trail

Of course its a climb first just a little one 13,000 feet. Not sure of the actual gain

But the trail is  good and uncluttered  but  its high and my lungs can’t cope  but the climb is not so steep . As   I’m stopping for air gourmet  passes me and is gone. Bastard lol(youngster)

I push on one foot at a time  stopping now and then to gasp for  air.  But I’m at the top within an hour which i’m fairly pleased with .

The last bit is a bit of a scramble  but I have made it. 

For the next hour  it’s crossing  wide open  planes  with the odd roller coaster. But it mainly flat  meaning I can gain valuable  miles.  Up ahead  Jared has stopped.

LOOKS like rain snail. 

So he is bagging everything up just in case.

The skies are fairly dark  but its still warm,the next part  is another climb  and then you cross the face of the mountain.

I had just climbed the first bit  when the weather began to turn.  I quickly climbed over the saddle and hid behind a rock for shelter. 

I quickly shoved my puffy deep inside my pack and removed my rain jacket at the same time.  Then got out my packs rain jacket and covered  my pack.

Just in time… as from nowhere a snow blizzard appeared.  I grabbed my umbrella and hunkered down behind my pack.

It lasted about 5 minutes  then it was  hail then it rained for 10 minutes. At last the  sun came out and I resumed the trail. 

I was amazed to see  Jared way out in front. He must of carried on in that weather. Well I am Impressed  

I set off after him but he was a good  mile ahead and we were climbing.

The climb once again was long  but not steep and I kept sight. I tracked him for several hours  untill I decided to take a break. I was roasting  so was pleased to take off my rain jacket and a layer. Phew that’s better.

I took 20 minutes. I checked my app there’s water in 2.5 miles and it says camp spots

That will give me 11 miles perfect.

I pushed on and entered s lovely cool  forest ,there were the customery blowdowns  but not excessive.The trail meandered through the forest  then exited onto the side of another mountain.  I thought the trail was going to run around the side of the mountain until I noticed switchbacks below me

I continued down almost  falling due to the slippery gravel. Luckily a tree saved me. I continued down crossing several small streams.  When I crossed a much larger one I knew that I was close so stopped and grabbed water.

The next section  was up and steep but the app said loads of camp spots…… I began to wonder where? Until I exited out of the forest. Yes yes perfect. I began to survey the area. Yes this will do. 

I dropped my pack  then  noticed   another hiker to my right..  it was Jared

Lol  good idea I said.

He was cowboy camping . I still like my tent.

A few yards in front  were several beaver ponds . These animals fascinate me. But no sign  of anyone being at home.

I quickly set up my tent and then cooked tea.

I treated my self to a    Mountain House chicken teraki. Have to say it was bloody good.

Okay 1 hot chocolate then its bed

Night all

Milage 11 

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