I slept so well nice spot but in the morning it was bloody freezing. I switched off the early alarms and finally emerged at 7am shocking lol. It was a quick pack up as the bloody mossies seem to love me
The morning trail was so nice and easy I was annoyed that I didn’t go on but I was exhausted. But being where I was I had cell service so could get my phone sorted.
The morning forest was really airy and cool in the morning sunlight. I saw my first squirrel. Funny I thought I would have seen more but its another animal to tick off my list. A little further I came across mother and Daughter hiking they were just doing a small section of the CDT. I wished them well and we went our different ways.
The next water was in 7.6 miles so thst was my morning target except about an hour in watch died. So after the next climb I stopped took off a layer and plugged my watch into my battery pack. OK now we can get that water. The trail was fairly littered with rock but i felt I had good pace.i was in forest for mostbof the morning then dropped down into a lovely meadow.this meandered for a while before heading into another forest. I was on another forest road that suddenly began to climb and climb quite steeply .I soon needed another break. I needed a log, there perfect. I dropped my pack . Next to me on the log was a pair of abandoned glasses. Mmm better than mine.
I chomped on a snickers and glugged some water.
Okay trail…but this road climbed more steeply. Come on snail you got this, at last it evened out and I could make more pace.
The trail headed down and then across several meadows. As I walked down the trail I could hear the sound of water.
I stopped and filled two bottles then looked for somewhere to have lunch. When I arrived at big fir tree with lots of shade I dropped my pack ,filtered my water then had lunch. Spam packet, trail mix. Jelly worms and apricots yummy.
Okay mileage, I had done 8 ,could I squeeze in another 8 this afternoon.. but there was a huge climb at the end .. oh well let’s go.
The trail was very easy few ups and downs but good to walk on . I heard a weird noise and stopped , behind me came two dirt bikes. Wow. Don’t know why but I found this really amusing. Bastards didn’t offer me a lift lol..
I pushed on and in several hours came to another stream ,I decided to water up in case I didn’t make my destination.
I hadn’t gone much further when the climbing started. It wasn’t that steep as I new what was coming it was about a 1000ft climb but you normally climb a bit go down a lot climb some more etc etc.
At last I got to the big climb and to make it more fun the mossies returned. I don’t know what they like about me but they descend on me in clouds. Every time I stopped to get breath they attacked FUCKERS….they are not supposed to be out yet so I am not carrying any spray.
The climb was really steep and long and trying to swat these bastards away is a nightmare. Several times I stopped and let them land so I could splat them but it was just a pain. At last I was out of the forest and with a bit of a breeze they vanished. I began to head down and was looking forward to a nice camp site….but omg no. The trail dipped then climbed straight up another mountain. FUCK no I’m not doing that tonight.. as I said this the mossies returned on mass.
I quickly scouted for a tent spot.
Perfect, It was up in record time , i jumped in and zipped up the tent and I was done.
I ended up cooking in my tent. Not something I like to do but I have room
Beef stew tonight and now bed.
Mileage 17 whoop