DAY 101 Big Sandy

Day 101 Big sandy

 

July 23rd

 

I woke  up, then snoozed several tomes listening to the rain on my tent,
I  was hoping it would  stop enough  for  me to strip it down.

Okay let’s go,

It was 7am when I was back on trial I   and hadn’t gone far until I had to stop to remove layers as I was now roasting as the sun had decided to be hot

It was   climb climb the trail guy had said this but it was far steeper and for much longer than up had anticipated   and it was quickly warming up.

I pushed on through a corridor of blow down     that had been cut and stacked omg that must have taken some clearing but I believe I’m in for far worse later

I spoke to soon    but the trail, guys Had been busy    so there were paths but    several of the huge ones were left so they took some climbing over and were   not easy.

 

NB   quick note

My  planning  had  been a bit  crap  for  the  last  several  days    My  fault  and  listening  to  others when I should  have    done  my  own thing.
I  had  sent a box  to  Big  Sandy  on recommendations  of a hiker  who  had  hiked  the CDT  3  times and  was on his  fourth.

But what I didn’t realize was that Big Sandy was on the Red route    or CDT and I really wanted to hiked the Cirque of towers which is the blue route. And in fact I didn’t really need to send a box h\there at all as I have so m much food.

I pushed on but the trail was no longer clear    and should I be on this route, but then there was only one route, I came to a clearing with some massive granite slabs ideal to dry my tent, so I stopped an and got it out, with the sun it didn’t take long.  As I took 5 two other hikers came past they were Karaoke and   Curtis   They were both doing the blue   we chatted about the upcoming alternatives    and I was a little annoyed I was missing out   as I wasn’t able to bounce my food box oh well will have to come back and hike that bit lol.

Once my tent was dry I packed it up and headed down the trail BUT OMG I had now hot a wall of tree they were smashed AND lay in every direction, hikers had pushed through but the trail was faint and took a lot of navigation and I spent so much time trying to find the trail or climb over trees, in 2 hrs.  I had barely gone a mile and my legs were scratched and bloody and then trying to crawl under a tree my pack cover got sliced RIP pack cover.

God I was exhausted       and was thankful when the trail    returned to normal * okay the odd blowdown but not that obstacle course.

I pushed on until I reached the river and stopped to have lunch it was then I realized that my pack cover had been fatally wounded.

Okay snail miles   I pushed on and met two families who were out fishing they were catching

  Brook trout small trout that they roll in flour and fry up, I chatted to them for a while and they offered me a beer    Yes please.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brook_trout

 

I pushed on until I was nearing the Trail head I knew I was getting nearer as many clean smelling people were passing me.

At last I arrived and a family leaving offered to drop me down at Big Sandy PERFECT.

I must admit  it was not  as I expected  but  I was pleasantly  surprised
I checked  in and  got  my  box  then enquired if they had a spare “Room”

Yes, they did    it was $180 a night and this included Evening meal, Breakfast and a packed lunch to go. I thought this a good deal.

I grabbed my box and a couple  of  beers and  headed to  y Cabin.
I  didn’t realize  that there was no electric  or  Wi-Fi  but  I  still loved the place.

I grabbed a shower and washed my clothes in the sink before the bell went for dinner.

I joined several families around a large table and ate ham with pineapple and cheery sauce, mashed potato, beans in a cream sauce it was really tasty. I grabbed a couple more beers and headed back to my y cabin.

Several families invited me to join them around the fire pit but to be fair I was just exhausted.

Once back I decided to light the oil lamps and the fire to dry my clothes.  But the fire OMG it gave out so much heat I had to open the door.  phew

Then I began to sort through my food box I have far too much, I really don’t think needed this box. Okay my error.

Oh the owners let me charge my phone and battery bank   so they were good for the morning.

 

 

NB  Big  sandy  is also a great  place  just a1 mile  from the trail  head  to stop  for  food   and  drink  and  to  chill for a while  but  there is  no camping on site.
They also accept  a food  bx  the  cost  is  $30  which  includes a bugger  and  sods  and a shower

 

SO a mixed day but a great place with great company and so its bed   zzzz

 

 

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