June 14 th
I slept really well but woke up to a cold morning so several snoozes and I began to get up.
I packed up and was surprised to see another tent when I emerged from mine.
I visited the luxury of a seated toilet . Oh joy lol and no digging.
I drank my tea and woofed my oats then I was off.
The trail was realy easy and flat so I could have done extra miles yesterday but for my foot it got vert hot toward the end of my day and so I didn’t want to push it.
Today with a goods nights rest and new socks it seems fine.
It was a beautiful morning and all ready I was getting hot but I didnt want to stop just yet.
The trail was fairly undulating but easy to walk. Some cliff edges were a little slippery. I was still following the river down the valley.
Oh I need to know cross. It was a steep route down to the river.
At the river there were remains of a bridge we’ll both sides no middle so I just waded across.
One over it was a climb back up
I crossed through a meadow then into a forest.
The forest was cool to walk through.
I then exited into more meadows.
I was to spend the next 2 hrs walking through these .the river now on my left.
It was approaching 9am so i took a break.
I dropped my pack and went to get water. As I approached it dozens of very very nice
Trout swam off.
I decided that my bladder needed refreshing. So I poured the remainder into my cup and guzzled. I then treated the water in both bottle’s before adding back to my badder with some electrolytes and lemon flavour.
I was just finishing off when a elderly man who was doing parts of the Colorado Trail arrived he was very chatty. But had some useful information.
I thanked him and headed off.
The trail was now using a forestry road that soon entered the forest. And climbed it was a steep climb but I was managing okay about a mile in I passed a tent.
I shouted at the tent several times as its odd to see a tent up in the daytime. I wanted yo go check just in case.
But I wanted miles.
At last the trail began to head down through the forest.
I exited into a bright day and could see the road snake away into the distance.
I pushed on admiring the amazing views in front of me.
At 12 i stopped for lunch under a tree. But it as soon S I sat down the wind blew like crazy.
I tool of my shoes and socks to air my feet. My left foot had been a little tender so I added so cushioning to my big toe.
After 20 minutes I packed up and resumed the trail. The road I was following snaked off into the distance. I plodded on just enjoying the trail and great views.
I noticed water to my left so thought it wise to grab another Litre . The trail climbed before dropping down into another valley. To my left I could see a ranch and lakes but typically the trail went the other way. As I waked the wild flowrs were all in bloom. So pretty I then passed the corpse of either a wolf or coyote. ..nice
The trail now meandered through the countryside but phew it was getting hot.
As I was approaching a stream thst crossed the trail I was amazed to see so many swallow tailed butterflies 🦋 all landing to drink . So beautiful to watch.
But I needed those miles.
A little further up the hill and
Bloody he’ll wow and Fuck yes.
There was the 1000 mile marker
Whoop whoop 1/3 distance
I took the obligatory photos
Shouted Fuck yeah a few times vert Lound then continured
My dirt road now changed to a wider dirt road that again snaked away into the distance.
I checked my app as I was drinking a lot of water being so hot
Should be water on the next bend.
Yes there it was I dropped my pack and removed my 2 empty bottles I was just filling up when a camper van appeared and stopped. Would you prefer fresh water. Yes please.
The driver said yes you wsnt to make sure your filter now as there’s plenty of cattle in the hills and very busy beavers
And you don’t want to get Beaver Feaver. I laughed
The lady then gave me a orange and coconut drink OMG that was so good .
I thanked them and continued on
At an old corral the trail turned sharp right and headed up over more open plains. I pushed snd pushed chugging up the last bit.
My left food was beginning to complain again. It was hot in fact both feet were hot. I checked my watch it said 97 phew and the ground maybe hotter.
At the first decent tree I took a break. Took off my shoes and socks to cool them both.
Okay lets go, the trail headed down and followed another dirt road. My app said water was scarce so at the next stream I bottled up. In the distance the trail appeared to climb.oh well its been good all day.
As I began the climb I spotted another hiker in the distance.
As I was resting he caught me he was German
I said the next flat spot and I’m done.
I headed after him following this toad until the trail took a sharp left
It was now 4.30 so I was ready for a spot as I was now tired.
I plodded up the new forest toad through several gates.
But no no no flat spots. I ended walking until 6pm until I saw a green spot through the trees.
I walked off trail to the green bit.
Wow it was like an open park.
I found a flattish spot and my tent was soon up.
Brilliant what a day but I was exhausted
But wow 23miles.