DAY 70 Heading to Twin Lakes Day 3

JUNE 22nd

I was going to up early but it was cold…. I eventually pulled the plug I on my mattress at 5.40 and began the packup task

I was all ready uo go just need to eat my instant oats and  drink my tea.

Okay  we are ready and on trail by 6.30.

Imeaditly I was back to the climbing . Which went on and on and on. Bloody hell I said to no-one .. this is bloody mad. 

At last I am at the top or am I?

I began to head down for several hours . Through several forests but they were all quite lifeless no bird song. Just silence….

I pushed on crossing several large streams . Mountains lurked from out of forests. ..to remind me I have several more big climbs today….Thanks.

As I began another small climb  I caught sight of a deer trying to hide behind a tree. Seeing a deer really cheers me up. Weird but for some reason  I feel that my late brother is part of them and is just keeping an eye on me. Yup said it was weird. But it makes me happy.

I emerged into a clearing with views of a great lake.  Wow such an amazing view. 

Think I’m going that way?

WRONG….instead i began another massive climb.

This climb had switch backs but it was still bloody steep. As I was pausing for breath. Gourmet appeared. He briefly stopped to inform me who was where.

And then he was gone.how the F*uck  does he do that.

I struggled on and up  eventually opening up onto an open hillside

Now where are we going OMG in front was a huge mountain and when I stated I could make outvthe fine Zigzag lines of a trail up it. F*uck I’m going up there!!.

As I stated I could make out a figure climbing. It had to be gourmet. I sat and took a break as I watched this tiny figure  get higher.God it was high.

Okay snail here we go……

I set off and was surprised thst it wasn’t as bad as it looked and in 40 minutes I was at the top.

The views were amazing.  Except the back was covered in snow.

It looked extreme scary and it was. I followed others footsteps  always a good move . But it was high and steep and extreme slippy..phew I was on solid ground. Although I wasn’t  as it was shale and probably  smore slippery than the snow.

So it took me a while to inch myself down.   Until at last I was kn solid ground. In the valley below was another lake and I could make out campers  and a person with a dog.

I began to spiral down through the wood crossing numerous snow bungs but they were all quite mushy.  The trail spiralled  down for over an hour emeringing into  a long valley with beaver  ponds . I was pushing as it was still downhill. but then the rain came it was just drizzle.  But I decided to stop and put on my cover just in case.  I was just about to rejoin the trail when Yader appeared I scared him by calling his name

Opps  we then walked together for a while but  withh my rain jacket on I soon began to over heat ( the rain had gone) so I said catch you later.

I stopped and removed my jacket then rejoined the trail. I hadn’t gone far when I saw Yaders cap lying on trail so I grabbed it.

And hoped I would see him again as I didnt want to go on much further. 

I pushed on down the trail  and was surprised to see him sat under a tree by a creek taking  a break.

Your hat sir.

Yader & Snailtrainer

We both checked our apps

There wa more water  at  .8 I  was going to water up there and then look for a flat spot to camp.

Yader had similar plans.

I took off appeared to be in a park as I noticed several cars. Actually this would have been ideal place to  camp

As I went to cross the road I noticed a tin of beer with happy Trails written on it so I stopped and drank it.

Oh that’s so good. I savoured every drop.before crushing the can and putting it in my pack.

I heading off and soon came to the water. I filled all my bottles. I was just finishing when yader came past. 

See you at the bottom Snail.

I stowed my water  then set off after him, and not far down the trail was his bloody  cap again. 

So again I grabbed it.

The trail carried on around the side of the mountain. It seemed that it didn’t want to go down  to the road below. And was torturing me. As I just wanted to put up my tent. But the trail just kept going

Twice I went to I investigate possible spots but they would have both been bad compromises. Then just to my right I noticed Yader and around the corner the oerfect spot for me.

I dropped my pack then climbed down to Yader. Your hat again sir next time $10 lol

Then went to set up 

My spot seems fine and the milage not bad considering all the climbs (big climb tomorrow)

MILAGE  17

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