Iwas up early but just dozed.but eventually got up.and as I had no water so no morning tea.
But my pack up was lousey ,I was on trail by 6am. The sun was up and it was already roasting as I set offdown the road, it was 27ish miles to the trail head.
I pushed on down the trail/ Road feeling pretty good . If I push I should maybe get in to Dubois later or first thing in the morning.
I pushed on and soon passed mosquito lake that a cyclist told me about yesterday.it was a little way off trail ,I paused shall I get water…Nah.
Several miles later I was concerned maybe I should have got water.as every culvert I passed was dry..mm..not good
But then I heard water,to my left hidden by large bushes was a stream I grabbed 2 litres filterd both drank 1 .mm. tasty water.
Okay I pushed on on a roller coaster meandering trail there were places where I could cut the trail but I am always worried that it could go else where. So I stuck to the trail.
Every now and then I dropped into a nice cool shady forest. Nice but when I emerged back into sunshine it seemed even hotter. Now and then the mountains appeared wow they look amazing then the trees closed in to hide.
I pushed on until it was lunch.
But I didnt take long as I needed those miles.
At last I got to what I thought was the trailhead.. this jeep appeared and asked if I needed water. Well yes fresh was better than what I had.
He then asked I’d I needed a ride. Well yes you could take me to the real trail head. He was off camping and his campsite seemed to be parallel to where I was going .and as I was in no hurry I was up for an adventure. He was a firefighter and his jeep was fairly new and has all the extras and more fitted. A winch. compressor, Tent on the roof.shower and lots of other toys. Few shillings. We set off and enjoyed a few beers.i was totally amazed on what his jeep could get up.and down
I was having so much fun I completely forgot about the trail.
Oh I better hike on. He dropped me back to what we thought was the quickest route back to the trail. BUT.it wasn’t it took me away from the trail before heading back so I waked loads of extra miles.as I pushed on ,on my mystery trail. As pounded down the trail thunder rang out again omg I’m going to get wet and looks like I’m camping.
I was in mo man’s land as I was not showing on my app so walking blind and hoping I was going the right way.this trail looked a bit remote so I would be surprised if anything appeared.
Okay the trail now seemed to be heading in the right direction I hoped.
IT dropped steeply .but it was very gravely and I slid about a dozen times which scared me as I was worried about twisting an ankle. At last I was on a hillside and in the distance I could see a town.i just hoped it was Dubois.
I trudged down the track fingers croosed It was right.
I got spat out on private property and I was stuck I didn’t want to left and in font was a raging river too deep and fast to cross and on my right I was blocked by a fenced in sewage works .it was getting late I was tired (but had had a fun day )
Okay I hurled my pack over the high fence and climbed over and then headed for the other side nd repeated the process .as I scaled the second fence I could hear loudspeakers and a commentary. As I followed the road I found I was in rodeo.
Wow.i watched the young kids of about 6/7 ride there horses in the barrel competition. They were so fast their horses almost lay down as they made the turns.
Amazing.then I watched even younger kids riding Bulls omg wow.i would have liked to have stayed longer but I needed a bed.
It was about 1 mile into town from the rodeo.as I walked up the street I could see a group of hikers Gerber and Pittsburg and several others. I Tried several motels but all booked or wanting silly money.
I found one for $90.that will do.
I checked in then went across the road to the garage got some snacks and several cans of beer
Phew what a great day