DAY 77 Leaving Silverthorne

JUNE 29th

The thunder and  ligniting was amazing to watch  last night.

And I was so happy to  be waking up in a nice comfy bed haha.

My 7 am alarm went off I snoozed it and dozed until almost 8am. 

Okay lets see what the free breakfast is like !

There was coffee and orange juice..I poured a glass of juice ,drunk it and poured another.

I then toasted two bagels. Put butter and jam on my plate grabbed a Danish and a banana  and headed back to my room to devour my gains. The bagels were really tasty.

Once finished I had chores.

I needed to send a 2 boxes up trail,but only one was ready.

I set off with a carrier bag  full of food to transfer to a box and my Ice axe to send back to my freind in Texas. 

The post office was much nearer than I expected .

I asked the post lady for two boxes  and began to build the first box and then  load it with the food.

I then sealed that one up.

Normally the post office has long rectangular boxes but they were out and so I spent the next 10 minutes making a box,when completed I paid extra for insurance  and then I was done. 

I headed back to my hotel.dumped the spare  box and headed across the road to the shop and dashed around  getting the last bits to fill the other box.

God the time had suddenly vanished and I needed to be out of my room.

I raced around stuffing things in my pack,at last I was done. I hoisted my pack grabbed my sticks the box and left over food and headed downstairs 

The owner was really chilled.and said I could have left a little later…….

I marched back to the post office 

Which luckily was empty and sent off the other box. This one to Big Sandy Lodge.

Phew all done. I walked a little way up thd road  until I came to a huge rock, just perfect to sit on.

I took out a spoon and finished off my potato salad and smoked ham followed by a satsuma. 

Sadly it was a little dry oh well.

All done I  hoisted up my pack  and continued up the road. 

Dumping my garbage in the first dumpster I passed. 

Okay lets find the trail. 

There is a local trail that feeds into the Cdt.

Okay got it , I had to cross several very busy roads. On the last crossing I pushed the button and waited patiently. 

When the sign said I could walk I  began walking but a  lady in the red car was not watching and tried to get me onto her bonnet.

Luckily I always  look before I cross. But gave her the Paddington  Stare!!!!!

The trail wound its way around several streets before becoming a dirt track, a very very steep dirt track.

Typical I have full tanks as I’m not sure of the water situation and I have resupplied  so I am heavy and climbing. But hey no ice axe   bonus lol.

The higher I climbed the more expensive the houses seemed to be omg  there were some stunners. Oh and wow the views behind me also became more amazing. 

The lake I saw earlier is a dam I didn’t know that earlier. Looking back it seemed such a busy  town with construction happenening everything.  But the buses  are free..let me say that again THE BUSES ARE FREE…Wow love to see that happen back at home.

I resumed my climbing meeting numerous dog walkers coming back down. I asked one about the weather.

It’s hit and miss but 3pm is normally  rain time.

I continued climbing untill I needed a break. Well I hadn’t connected my hose to my bladder and so my mouth  was parched. 

Whilst I sat on my rock I remembered my apple and cut it into quarters with my knife. 

Mmmm that’s a very tasty apple. Apples seem very expensive here for some reason .

OKAY Miles to walk. The trail now meandered through the woods  but it was hot.i wish I had taken off a layer but now I didn’t want to stop.  I pased many other people  several runners flew past me and several families  heading back from their hikes. 

At last I csme to water. I stopped and filtered a litre.  Then added 2 electrolytes tablets to it. Being ill has probably flushed all the good stuff again so I thought it would be good to replace. 

Okay onwards and upwards. 

Later inthe day I met two locals on their way down. They were  very helpful.  One said there were some good flatspots in 3 miles (when the trees start to thin)

Rain is due at 3 ish and they both advised not to go past the tree line  after just in case the storm hits.

Good advice if you ask me.

I pushed on and up. Walking through several burn areas. These always make me sad. This seemed fairly recent as you could still smell the Ash and smoke in the air. I kept following the trail  up and up. In a clearing sat a man.

Great spot I said.

NO ENGLISH  he said.

No problem I said and pushed on and on

Phew it’s bloody hot. I passed several flat spots, but  far too early lol so continued my spiralling up. Occasionally it was a switch back but  still continued up.

Later the foreign  man caught up with me (not bloody difficult,)

And we attempted to have a conversation  and we smiled and laughed i got he was from chez Republic  and was 70.

He took several photos of me and was excited that I was a cdt hiker going to Canada from Mexico 

Or maybe he was taking  about worm racing it was hard to tell.

I left him to carry on his walk I also got he was heading to the top then back down. 

Okay 4pm  flat spot please .

Mmm maybe there..I went to  investigate. Yup.

That will do me

I put down my ground sheet then did the check for rocks, pinecones, sticks or anything pointy.

DONE.Tent up and relax.

By the time I had set up.fixed a guy rope.changed Into my camp shoes  and hooverd the surrounding grass.

My freind had returned.

So we had another  go at a conversation. He seemed impressed that I had set my tent up on the side off themountain

Well let’s hope its still here in the morning!!!!!.

Again he took many photos of my tent the scenery and this strange Englidh man .

We laughed managed to say goodbye to each other and then waved.

I love a good surreal conversation 😌 

Okays  all distractions done i got into my tent. Fired up my stove and made a cuppa  Yorkshire Gold tea….Nice.

Then it began to rain  and thunder although the rain was quite light. 

Perhaps we may get more later!!

(Lets hope not)

But from the weather forecast Friday is looking quite scary. 

Oh I’m going to have a beer now as I packed one out from town, this is the first I’ve packed out so I will  enjoy

Night all 

Mileage  7 (Nero,)

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