DAY 82 Grand Lake

July 4th

Well that was a great sleep. 

I slowly got up. ( NO coffee Here)

But I had a large slice of pizza left  that was really good even cold.

Okay quick bit of phoning but as its July the 4th  it was pointless.

But I did book a hotel just in case.

Bit pricy.  But it’s Grand lake and July the 4th.

Okay lets get out of here .

I finished packing  and hoisted up my pack. 

I walked out and  handed over my key.

Okay lets see  what the day brings. I marched off down the road taking  a shortcut through the gas station and onto the main road that goes to Grand lake.

I began walking up the hard shoulder  looking for a suitable 

 spot to stand.

I then noticed an ambulance sat on the side road. I de cider to ask them a question

In side were two lady paramedics

I asked them about Giardia. The eldest of the two suggest eating a few yogurts to help put healthy bacteria into my gut.

Seemed a good answer.

I thanked them and headed up the road.  Okay thumb out.

It was a busy  road and it  went  through  Grand Lake so I should quickly get a hitch……Right !!!

I watched car after car go past …

Really . After 30 minutes I thought I’d try walking  so I I went  holding out  my thumb.   But nothing really…

Well its July the 4th so mainly families  I guess. 

I stopped again as I was hot and took off a layer. 

Again I waited for 30 minutes

But still no…..dam….

Okay im walking again   with my thumb still out and still nothing. 

God I thought with this amount of traffic it would be so easy 

But NO !!

I kept on walking  in the blazing sun, pleased I had taken more water.

I kept walking until I passed an Rv camp.

I was hot and with no shade i decided to stop. Again after 20 minutes  nothing  that’s almost 2.5 hrs  that’s dreadful .

I was just about to hoist my pack when a pickup stopped.

A lady wound down the window.

Do you mind riding in the back ?

He’ll no.

I dropped my pack into the back and climbed up and in 

Whoop I’m on my way .

Soon I begin passing  some lakes meaning Grand lake is near.

We then began to drive through town. It was busy  and bustling.

The truck turned into a side street and stopped. 

Perfect I was right in town and near to my hotel.

I thanked them and  crossed the road. I was just passing a deli when snailtrainer

It was Rats and her boyfreind

Good to see you.

They then gave me some soap to do my laundry. 

So I grabbed all my stinky stuff and shoved it into a free machine.

Okay I go check in 

The hotel was only a block away .

Okay I my room is ready .

Perfect.

I dumped all.my gear  then headed back to the laundrette. 

My wash was done so  I put my clothes into the dryer.

Okay all done. I headed across to the hardware store to grab fuel but they didn’t have the type I wanted. So began to wander downtown.

I was just passing the World end Brew Pub when once again I heard “Snailtrainer ”  it was Kid and two new faces.  A British guy called Pirate from  Cambridge and xxx

I joined them ordered a beer and some chicken wings in bourbon sauce.they were bloody tasty but I was struggling to eat them so grabbed a box. I also wanted snother beer but it was just so HOT. hot sauce then appeared 

We caught up.on gossip before I headed back to my room to chill with the  aircon on .

I also had a quick snooze  as there will be fireworks at around 10 pm

I sorted out my food bag to see what I needed and to eat any thing that needed eating.

At 10pm there was a big bang  that signalled the start of the fireworks.

They were amazing and Lound as they echoed in the valley. 

Just a snippet

They went on for about 2 hrs wow so amazing . I watched from my veranda but  could still hear the sounds of enjoyment,claps and whoops of the many spectators  over the roar and crackles  of  the rockets . Well done town it was bloody amazing

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