DAY 104 heading to Pinedale

JUly 26th

I was getting up earlier. 

Well No more bear encounters in the night phew.

I emerged from my tent.and retrieved my food bag from the tree then packed up.

The mossies were out in force I think they new I was low on bug spray…so i was Soon on trail and looking forward to my climb. 

Actually wasn’t that bad and I passed numerous other camping spots as I went  but then would I have seen my bear.

Once up  I was greeted  with amazing views of the valley I set off , it was fairly flat so I should have been able to get some pace  but for some reason I just didn’t seem to have anything in the tank. Which was strange. I slept well.i eat well.

I pushed on swearing at the mossies  as they swarmed around me.F*uck off….

I wanted to film more but every time I stopped they thought it was  lunch time..ME..

The trail meadered on with breathtaking  beauty…

Before dropping back into a forest .it was nice as it was cool  as i emerged  back into the sunlight i could hear lots of giggling  as I looked behind me Heavy and Mouse appeared.hi guys I said.i was getting bored of waiting for you lol

We chatted for five minutes before they headed off.

I followed them for a while before  I lost sight of them.

I pushed on. My original plan was to push on up the trail  but most  or virtually every one else was going into Pinedale and as I hadn’t had  a break since Rawlins

That seemed a  great plan for me too.

I eventually came to the junction and took the route.

It was 14 mile side trail then 17 mile hitch to town fairly Mad.

As I was checking my app( to ensure I was going the right way) Google and cross-creek came by so I followed them.But they soon vanished. But the trail was well marked.but then another

Hiker appeared. Her name was Lady-Bug, who I hadn’t seen in a while.

I pushed on down the trail 14 miles was on my mind….

Soon I was in woods littered with blowdowns  and I was struggling to stay on trail.

Suddenly Heavy & mouse  appeared they must have stopped for a break. They gave me a respray  using their bug spray 40% deet.. thanks guys  Then they  sped off .which was great as I could see where the trail went. 

But they soon vanished and was left hunting for the trail.Is it only me who can’t follow  it.

Soon i was in the open and passing numerous gorgeous lakes .i have  passed so many but i find them all so beautiful. 

I pushed on until I came to another junction…Now where?

But then a friendly face of Shredder  appeared his map looked better than mine. GO Right Snail

After you.but I have no pace  today so  you lead.

I watched him go as the trail was rocky and  my feet just ached.

I just seemed to be in plod mode but was feeling great otherwise.

Down in the valley I spied a large mule  train but my camera  would  not zoom in .sweaty fingers maybe. 

Okay break time.i filtered a litre drank it straight down and filtered another.

Okay i need these miles.

I  hadn’t gone far until I came to a  wide creek although it was fairly shallow.

I sloshed across.well my shoes quickly dry..Once across the trail began to climb and climb steeply perfect for  me I groaned.

I was climbing around numerous ponds some beautiful, others swamps. I then noticed another hiker behind me. His name was molly and I hadn’t seen him before.We spent the rest of the afternoon leapfrogging each other as we took  turns To take a break.

God how many more miles  as I was tiring and it was hot.

As I hiked on I began to meet several day hikers. That’s a good sign.

Wow I just came to a clearing with amazing views of all the mountain .I stopped  and stared for several minutes ignoring the mossies  who were enjoying my blood.

Okay miles snail. 

Im  mow  in a well kept corridor  we’ll it was littered with blowdowns  but they have all been cut and neatly cleared. 

They i met three hikers  going back to the trail and Omg it was Red-tin,Joker and mona-lisa  who had not seem since Lordsburg back in April. So we spent 10 mins chatting before going our separate ways.

Okay 1.7 to the trail head….

But the last miles seem to take forever. 

AT LAST….

Okay I’m here  now what.

I had emerged into the trail head and the parking lot was full but its still 17 miles from town

Molly then appeared okay do you have a plan I asked. 

Just then a red truck came in to turn around.

You guys Cdt hikers,,?

Yes we are 

Do you need a ride to Town,?

Yes please 

We jumped in the back.

I am stopping half way down  to feed the chipmunks with my granddaughters.

Not a problem we said

Soon we were in town  standing outside the grocery store. 

Molly rang two hotels but no rooms we both lucked in at the sundance.

I checked in.then went for beer and ice cream and some snacks for later.

Typically the WiFi  is crap arrrrrhhhh. 

Oh well.

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