DAY 68 Heading to Twin Lakes Day1

June 20th

I lay awake staring at the rain drops on my tent

My Alarm went off I silenced  it. 

It’s no good I need to move.i let out the air  from my mattress  then went and got more water.

As I emerged the other two hikers Pittsburg & Keebler  were also packing up.

Dropping  a wet tent is just as much fun as  putting one up.

It had rained through the night but luckily it had now stopped.

I put every thing I could inside my pack  before starting on the tent.

I unpegged it and released  the fly from the tent . I rolled it back before giving it a good shake then Drooped it over a tree.

I folded up my tent and put it in its  bag.i did the same with the footprint. Then I put my soaked fly into  dry bag and then into  the tent bag.o will try and dry it sometime today.

The two boy’s (Pittsburg  & Keebler) headed out. I just had my tea to finish  and I’d be after them ha ha.

Okay we are back in trail 6.45 a little late but hey Rain !!

The trail then crossed onto a dirt road and there was,a sign  saying  mystery House.  So when the trail dived back into the  woods I stayed on this track.

I began to climb  and then followed the trail. The morning was cool   but not cold except for my hands   yes I need better gloves.

I soon came upon two old dilapidated  wooden log cabins.  I looked inside one before moving on. Next came a newly built huge log cabin.

Wow I’d love a  place like this.

I carried on along the  road until it reached the Cdt trailhead.  I was just reading the board when Pittsburg arrived followed by Keebler.  HOW ……

I was surprised to be ahead .as I had spent a lot of time looking at the cabins. 

I set off after them . But the trail was up  so I couldnt match their pace.

I watched them disappear into the distance. 

I  was struggled as the trail crossed numerous  streams and bogs all while climbing

After reaching the top of one part I had to cross a wide section of scree. There were cairns  to  direct you but some of the big slabs moved when you stood on them.once crossed there were several snow bungs to cross over.

Finally I was at the top.okay what’s over the saddle

I reluctantly peered over. Thank goodness I was heading down.

The downs were switchbacked . But still incredibly  steep. 

Once down I pushed on down the trail. But it was slow going as I Once again I had so many streams to  cross. I guess I croosed  well over a dozen . Some were easy other were fast flowing and surrounded  by deep sticky mud.

Some of these streams flowed into the many lakes. That looked gorgeous  with the sun shining on them

I unpacked it and pegged it out in he sun. The wind and sun soon got the  job done as I  finished off some snacks  and  an apple that I had  packed out.

Okay I needed a break  and as it was sunny. It would be a good time to  dry my tents fly

I packed the fly away and continued down the trail.

On my map it mentions  ghost Town.

I thought that it may be interesting and as I am also a tourist  I thought yes let’s take a look. It was off trail but I could detour back when done.

Also I have food and a tent.

I turned right from the official  trail and headed down a dirt road.

Thst was labelled old cdt. 

I followed this winding road . Several jeeps came passed with children hangng out of  the windows  and laughing .

I pased by a sign for  Hancocks pass   and then headed to the Ghost town. Mmm nothing  here

That was disappointing.

Oh bummer. I turned around and began to follow the old train route back to the Cdt.

The good thing about this was the gradient.  Not so steep so it was  easy to walk along.except  there was so much water where large streams dumped their contents.

In some places you could still see the sleepers  or what was left of them.

As I walked on I met several families on their way back from  this trail.

Okay im hot .lunch break and time to remove a layer.

I found a suitable rock . Dropped my pack and ate lunch

After 20 minutes i was ready to go. I swung up my pack and was just adjusting it when Pittsburg  arrived.

NO you  cannot be behind me.!

shortly Keebler  appeared

 Snail how….

I explained Ghost town toursist .

Weall headed off together but Pittsburg is fast and hexwas soon why out in the distance. Keebler  then stopped to text his wife.

I pushed on up the old railway. In places the snow had blown over the trailing other places there had been rock slides. I tried to imagine  how the railway  coped with all this. I then came to a sign telling you about the railways and a competition  to design the best snow clearance device. Very  interesting  as I had seen these machines at the Charma  railway  museum. 

Eventually the railway became single trail again and with it snow. I was crosing a large snow Chute  when Keebler  appeared and found a better way to cross. 

Then I came to a huge snow Chute and halfway up was Keebler.  Omg I have to climb that!!

It actually waa easier than it looked and I was soon at the top.

Except  I wasn’t the trail climbed sharply to my right… Really  I said to myself and set off after the boys.once over the trail dipped into the valley before climbing out Once more. Great  I thought more climbs.

But I seemed to have plenty of energy today so powered up the second hill.

Over the saddle and below i could see Pittsburg & Keebler  taking a break. 

Just once more small climb snail then it’s all downhill.

We sat here for almost 30 minutes  before Keebler  got up to push on.closely followed by Pittsburg. 

I took up the rear. .yes yes once over the next saddle the trail did indeed head down.

As the tred  was good I was able to get some pace and sooon caught the to boys in deep thought. 

Look snail.

In front  of us you could plainly see the two routes  the Red the official zig zagged steeply up the mountain almost to the sky.

The other took a more sedentary  route up an Jeep track.

I had already decided on the alternate. 

Pittsburg & Keebler  moved off and once again I’m in pursuit lol.

As I approached a forest the trail became very manicured I crossed over a sturdy  bridge and into a forest. 

The trail was immaculate. The tred uncluttered and the sides of the trail pegged with  tree trunks.

Looks very smart and omg there were switchbacks .to be fair they were a little over kill  but I’m going down not up. Of course there were about a dozen blowdowns  to navigate over or around. 

It was at this point  I hit my hiking wall and my engine became a plod (limp mode) imploded down and down and down omg it was a long way down.

Eventually I exited out into sunshine and crossed  over  another bridge as I crossed I noticed a tent up to my left with what appeared to be  someone sleeping. Well that’s a bit early !!

I carried on town the trail in the lakes to my right I could see  a family fishhing.

I carried on okay this will do, I climbed up a small hill

Snail snail here….

Pittsburg &  Keebler had found the perfect spot. 

Their packs stood by their chosssen  spots. 

Is this space free I said pointing at the dirt.

All yours Snail.

I dropped my pack then went in search of water with Pittsburg. 

We quickly found then returned to our camp  to set up.

Once that was all done we all sat on a huge log and cooked dinner.

Both boys did double ramen.

Funny I’d  never think to do that. 

I peeled my orange that I packed out and offered  some to the boys before cooking my ramen (single portion) washed down with several cups of tea.

We would of sat chatting for longer but once again the Mossies  thought we should go to bed

Milage  17

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