DAY 96 Into the Basin

JULY 18th

My alarm went off at 4.30 I snoozed it  and again on the third  time I silenced it and pulled the stopper on my bed. I love that sound of  the  air escaping . I began to pack up in  the dark until I needed the help of my headlamp. I dragged my pack out side to finish up before beginning on my tent. When I was complete I fired up my stove for tea. In the morning light I could see the other tents of the chez couple and kid and Hotsauce.. I finished off trying not to make too much noise. 
It was 5.30 as I re-joined the trail, not bad but I would have liked to been on trail by 5 am maybe tomorrow.
It was a cool morning as I made my way along the trail, the next water was in 14  miles.. phew.
Okay im out of here .

So  just aim for the horizon and walk….. so  that is what I did. The trail was similar to yesterday heading off into infinity. 
Occasionally  I would meet some cows to talk  to although most were not that chatty.
I did however see about a dozen gazelle or deer  with curved horns, they are different as deer bounce  these run.
I tried several times to capture  them  but they were far  too fast. I pushed  on luckily there was a nice breeze so that it wasn’t as roasting as yesterday.
The hours were falling quickly which meant so were the miles, I then noticed several  boxes to my left. OMG It was a water cache from the local church.

Thank you so so much.
I sat on a rock and drank a litre straight down then topped up my bottles. 
I was surprised  not to see anybody in the distance. Mm maybe they had a lie in. okay time to walk.
Once again the trail just disappeared off into the horizon. 
So not a exciting  day at all although the wind was being helpful  at keeping things cool.. but as the morning ticked by the wind became more ferocious.  Pushing me off of the trail, why can’t it be behind me pushing me forward!!
I battled on crabbing  for a lot of the time as the wind played its game .
Water   ….okay here’s the creek. It didn’t look fab water, but it’s water.  I sat down and as I looked at the water two small fish swam up stream. Well if its okay for fish. Lol.
I grabbed a litre, good timing as  a small heard of cattle  rocked up and  began splashing about  making the clear cool waters a nasty cloudy colour.. NICE.
I finished  my break and was just about to leave when Kid  appeared. I’d wait about 20 minutes  for the creek to clear or  maybe look at the reservoir .
Then I was on my way, Once again the afternoon was similar  to the morning a dull as dishwater trail heading off into the distance. Yes what a dull boring section hot, windy and no shade..
Only exciting thing was to count the cows. . and in front of me was a large cow jam.
Moooooove  lol. See how dull it is .The cows duly obeyed  and I carried on, on the exciting trail.
Okay water  in four miles whoop. Okay water  in two miles, now the trail  turned into be a beach. 
Deep sand just crap to walk through and hard work .I pushed on through until I reached a electric fence to navigate through. But I didn’t trust this one . As it looked as it was all LIVE!!.
I managed to open the fence with one of my trekking poles. ALTHOUGH  closing it proved much harder.
Okay water where are you. Great i can see you . At last water flowed from a pipe  into a small lagoon .

I walked over and dropped my pack then filled up 1 bottle and began to swig it. Then thought I that I ought to filter. To be safe

Okay 2 litres filtered. I sat down in the sun and then fought off small flies that kept biting me  F*uckers

Okay what shall I do… I had completed 25 miles whoop. But it was  only  4pm.
I could stop here but the wind was still fierce  so camping could be fun. Or I could water-up and push on But it will still be windy  snd I have to find a spot.  Hmm mmmm. I had a rekey and yes a reasonable flat spot  but windy as hell. But hopefully the wind will stop !!!
I pondered  the app was not helpful… dam okay I’m staying. But omg , trying to put my tent up in this crazy wind was a challenge. 
Once it was up i still couldn’t decide if this was a good choice.  Well I couldn’t get in as it was far too hot. So I lay half in and half out. I put my stove together and made a cuppa That always helps  lol.
Oh tea  So refreshing .
I went to get more water. Kid was here and cooking behind the water tower.  Dam snail I should have done that..
Oh well I’m here now. 
Okay back to tea ..I put on another brew then added boiling water to my chilli mac.
Mmm bloody good.

The wind was still raging   but it had  dropped  in its intensity. 

At 7.30 it had cooled enough for me to get in my tent so I inflated my airbed  and was able to lie on it as the sun  began to call it  a day thank god

Mileage  25  good  day 

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