Day 100 heading to big Sandy

July 22nd.

Well that was a great campsite but another lazy  start. I just didn’t  want  to get out  of my bag. 

But I need those miles. I slowly packed up. Slurped my tea and I was ready.

I hoisted up my pack  and rejoined the trail by 6.30

Once again it was a cool morning. 

But once I was waking I soon  warmed up. And the dun was slowly rising. I pushed on  Down  the trail.so far nothing to see but the winding  road heading Into the distance .

I was fairly good today . My next target was about 40 miles away  so I really didn’t have to push  to hard to day.

But then the terrain  was unknown. At present  I was still on a dirt road , but now it began to meander  and climb.  But it was still pleasant  to hike  along.

Okay water.it was in 4 miles or approximately  2hrs. The trail now dived  sharply  left and headed into a forest. It was nice and cool in here,compared with the road. At last I came to water I filled up 2 litres then drank one. This section had an abundance of water so I didn’t have  to carry too much .

I pushed  on,  the trail winding it’s way through the forest until I emerged Into the sunshine. Phew it’s hot with no shade. I checked my watch  78 and not quite 7.30!!. SOME  breeze would be good  right now  lol. the trail Once again dived back into the forest  where we meandered for a while crossing several  nice bridges .

I decided to stop  for another break and glugged  another liter  of water and scoffed a few snacks .

I had just moved on  when something  caught my eye.  As I got nearer I could see it was another hiker.  His name was Otter and from Houston texas. We chatted a while  before I moved on.

I pushed on down the trail and was really enjoying  my morning .Several hours later i arrived at A large creek,luckily  there were a few downend  trees that I could cross over with.Once across I got more water. The  decided to wash my shirt  as it stank,I also  washed down my grime legs and arms.hmm much better.

I lay my shirt on  branch to dry as I took ten minutes.

As I was chilling Otter came by..see you up the trail  buddy. 

I got my self dressed. Grabbed my pack  and set off after him.

But I couldn’t  see him. But it was the trail it snaked around so much  it was difficult to follow. Several  times I was soon off trail and so  was becoming annoyed. Arrrrrhhhh. 

Okay if follow  your

This road it will intercept  the trail. Great an snail. Except some of these  roads nolonger exist.  So I was soon miles off trail.

Okay plan B. I sat under a large tree  a d studied my map. 

As I was debating the best option.  2 wildlife rangers  came by in their truck.

Your not too far off trail the man said. Just head up this road 

He the  gave me his spare water.

I sat for a few more minutes.when I we t to get up I was surprised to see that I was surrounded by cows. (Must be their tree 🌳 🤣)

I set off up  the road as I was directed. It must have been 2 more hrs before 1 campsite apeared. It had a Pit toilet  so used that. And then dumped all of my trash. I sat contemplating my next move as it had began to thunder and drizzle. 

Bugger I said as I hoisted up my pack and marched out. I had just got to the bridge when a black truck appeared  dogs heads poking out of the windows.  They stopped to say hi and the lady gave me   a bag of hiker biscuits great.

I thanked her  the  headed to the creek to water up.as it it rained I was diving into my tent.

As imade my way up the road. The sky grew blacker. 

I’m going to get wet!!!

It began to drizzle  again. But I kept on walking as I was heading towards blue skies. 

It was soon sunny once again…bloody mad weather. 

I was pushing o  when I noticed another truck behind me. 

It was the two rangers on their way back.

He slowed to say hi again.

I asked if he could drop me at the trailhead.

He   pondered for a moment  the  said  yeah jump in the back. 

As  we headed back  a large herd of horned antelopes  crossed the road. Wow.

The ranger Stuart and his assistant Rachel  dropped. Me off then gave me  holster for my bear spray. Explained about the bears also a out fishing and what he does. It was really Interesting .

Okay back to the trail.of course now it was roasting  as I hiked along the trail.  And of course it was up.

At last I came to another trail head.  And headed down towards water. I dropped my pack and began to filter the water. 

Okay  2 more hours maybe!

But once again as I hoisted up my pack thunder rang out,shortly followed by drizzle. F*uck…maybe just  shower. I headed for a clump of trees.  There  had been  tents here before.

I waited for a few minutes. It appeared to stop.then more thunder   rang out followed by heavier rain.bugger. 

I quickly threw up my tent. Threw my pack inside and got In  too

I sat there for 10 minutes as the rain lashed down. 

Then the bloody  sun came out again and it was roasting. 

I need to understand this weather.  As I am pitched  now….

I grabbed my food bag and stove and walked several yards away from my tent and began to cook.it was now,a roasting evening  d I could have gone on. Grrr.

I had a backpackers panty meal. It was  beef stroganoff  with mushrooms and noodles. Rather tasty. Washed down with several cups of tea.

I was just packing up  when Pat came by  hiker I hadn’t  seen I  months.so it was good to  catch up .

Then  trail worker came by.he was telling me about the trail and the blowdowns . So tomorrow could be challenging. 

Night all

Mileage   23

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