Last night I realised I had miscalculated the distance to Yellowstone so at normal hiking pace I would be there In three days not 5.
So I didn’t need to get up too early as I did get need to push.
Saying that my knee didn’t feel good so the milage thing could be a blessing
i stripped down made a cuppa and swallowed a few ibuprofen and 2 painkillers just in case.
I hoisted up my pack and my knee complained in the strongest words.
F*uck this is going to be a slow long day. I set off down the trail limping and sort of hopping after 40 minutes I spied a tent I guessed that it may be Soundeffect I had the urge to shout out get up you lazy cow!!!!.
But I didnt. She had found a great spot as I quietly walked by.
I was managing just about okay down the trail along as it wasn’t a steep incline the ups no problem. I pushed on through a forest heading down and began to encounter loads of blowdowns.
Some where a nightmare..when I’m climbing over if I can help other hikers I will break off branches. I was just finishing off when Soundeffect apeared.
If you go down it easier than up I said pointing out the way. I then moved onto the next puzzle I started to go down Soundeffect went up we then both appeared in the field trying to locate the trail . I took some video and smiled to myself as Soundeffect went one way then turned around and came back and went the other way.
I laughed as that’s usually me.
I set off after her and as the trail went down the hill via switch backs I could see where she was going. I eventually caught her changing into her campshoes to cross a huge river. It was waist deep and flowing quite fast. I watched her wade across.
Then I went to change my shoes.
I would normally just go across but on the last crossing yesterday the inersoles began to ruck which is bloody annoying and uncomfortable to walk in
But my camp shoes were
at the bottom of my pack so it took me a few minutes to get ready ,by the time I began to cross Soundeffect was long gone.
I edged into the water F*uck it was cold and so I crossed as quickly as I could . Omg that was cold. I quickly changed back into my trail runners and set off.
The views were amazing and so I had to keep stopping to gaze at the Vistas in front of me.
But then it was climbing time and once again my knee began to combine
I found myself talking to my knee urging him on but he didnt want to play. Eventually I needed s brake and plonked myself down under a tree.
Phew it was hot snd I still had more of the climb to do
Okay knee sre you ready my knee said NO….
but off we went. My knee was now hurting like crazy and my pace was crap. Especially as we were now headed down
But I did my best. I crossed several large meadows and then the trail entered a large burn area
So no shade but plenty of logs to climb over or around.
This was bloody hard work and being slightly disabled did not help. I was also becoming annoyed with these bloody trees.
I was then impressed when I came across several thst had been cut by an axe.wow
I limped on through this maze of blowndowns until i saw a red pack.it was Soundeffect who was taking a break behind a huge downed tree
Hello again I said as I carefully chambered over it.
See you soon I laughed.
I pushed (limped slowly) up the trail passing a huge lake.
Something caught my eye…
Across the otherside standing in the lake was a huge Bull moose..I watched him for seberal minutes until Soundeffect caught up I pointed to the moose.
Then there was a huge splash to my right another huge moose had leaped into the water and set off to chase the other moose
I believe they are very teratorial.
Both were huge and I was pleased that there was a lake between us.
Soundeffect headed off in front as I was struggling with the pain and lack of pace but I wanted to do 15 miles today that was my target and it was looking doubtful.
I watched Soundeffect go and brought up the rear. As I dropped down I to the vally I could see s small wooden hut. When I got to it ,it was locked but belonged to the national forest service.at the nack where two large bear boxes and a place to tie up horses.
I took a break drank down lots of water before getting back on trail.
In the distance I saw Soundeffect double back I quickly checked my app.. now I’m on trail.maybe she’s going to the bathroom.
But when I got to the river I understood. She was looking for a safer place to cross.
The river was wild.not to far across but raginging white water and very fast.
F*uck……I changed shoes again.
I really didn’t like the look of this I tried to cross but the rocks were very slippery and i almost lost my balance so I came back then headed up stream where I could see a gravel bank. It was still hairy scary but I managed to cross. Phew I didn’t like that
Think this is the one my friend Tartan warned me about.
Okay shoes change again.then I headed back up the trail quickly coming to another creek but no where near as fierce.
I stopped to water up as it was 4.30 and my knee was really hurting. I was just finishing when Soundeffect appeared she had found a safer place to cross and admitted water scared her.
I said I didn’t like it either.
Next flat spot I’m stopping I said so I may see you in the morning
I watched her march off as I finished with my water.
Then I set off after her ha ha .
It wasn’t long until I stopped again to video another great background.
In the distance I could see another hiker approaching. It was Axle , wow again I hadn’t seen him since new Mexico. Maybe he had flip -flopped but I didnt ask.
Okay a flat spot and typically once agsin I was in a huge burn area nono chance of camping Bollocks I’m tired, I hurt I want a cuppa. I limped on untill I found myself lying on my back. I said I few off my favourite words several times before cautiously getting to my feet. The fall had jarred my knee making it more painful so a few more rude words and I limped on again the trail was now on its roller coaster sequence . Which again was annoying I wanted a flat place with shade and if possible water. ALL three seemed very unlikely.
Arrrrrhhhh. After an hour I began to drop down into a vally that looked promising but I had to get down and it was the rolly gravel tred such fun…..
But I’m down I crossed a small meadow and then a stream and perfect.
My tent was quickly up,and water boiling