JULY 12 TH
t’s was a great sunset last night and a great sunrise.
I really didn’t want to get up as I was so comfy in my bag.
I eventually pulled the stopper on my mattress.
And started the task of getting up .
It was a beautiful morning.
I made tea and ate 2 instant oats
Okay lets go.
I quickly found the trail and pushed on heading down and straight into a bog. Really!!
I tried to keep my feet dry as long as I could. But then gave up.
I was in bog land for at least 40 minutes.Not the same bog different ones. Arrrrrhhhh.
On the AT there would be duck boards I moaned .
I was in the forest for a good 90 minutes before emerging into day light and a big dead area. I pushed on as it was beginning to warm up.. But I was still heading down . But it was time to do the blow downs dance. And there were quite a few.
Eventually I climbed up and out of bog city and pushed on down the trail. It was now in a forest that was heading down….I font like heading down for too as it only means one thing… yes UP.
Then I met a group of people coming up the trail. I did the double take then realise that they were a trail crew with their saws and gear.
I chatted to them for 5 minutes.
And thanked them.
These are the invisible hero’s who keep the trail clear.
Some ate volunteers. And they have walked several miles up trail
Carrying their gear. No chain saws . Just manual.
I eventually came to water so filled up and took a break too
It was about another’s 20 minutes to the trail head where their cars were parked.
The trail now followed the service road. As I walked along there were dozens of butterflie taking a drink from the damp road.
I pushed on up as it was good to walk on. I passed a couple with their dog and walked straight past the trail junction.
But luckily not far, I followed the trail as it climbed . Bloody hell its getting hot my watch said 89 and it was still early.
The trail meandered around the woods up and down but fairly gentle.before dropping down to the road. I had to follow this hot snd dusty road.
It crossed the river by a large bridge. Below was a man fishing Any luck I called.
HE shrugged his shoulders.
I crossed over the bridge then walked down to get water
I poured a bottle over my head as I was roasting
Then filterd 2 bottles.
I pushed on through the park following the badges on the trees.
I passed several large campsites until the trail took a sharp right and climbed up and over several hills.
I met several day hikers on their way back.