The alarm. Went off at 7am and I needed a wee so visited the bathroom.
But headed straight back yo my tent.
I put my sleeping bag in the tumble yesterday and it had restored its volume but I was far too hot last night.
Okay it’s no good . You can’t lie here .
So I reluctantly pulled the stopper on my mattress.
Oh lets get going .I slowly packed up when I was almost done I was about to make a hot drink when the man from the adjacent campsite asked if I’d like a coffee. . I spoke to him earlier about the Cdt and my hike and he was really impressed.
He then reappeared with my mug full of coffee and a banana.
I thanked him. And sat down to eat my my banana and drink the coffee and woofed a fruit pie as well.
Okay time to go. Then the couple on the otherside gave me some cheese strings and another banana. Wow thank you again
As I got up to leave I caught my knee on the table gashing it.ouch I said,**.as it began to bleed.
I headed back to reception to put my trash in the dumpster and then give the cool bag back to the camp hosts.
I thanked them as they really did look after me.
Okay onwards snail
I walked back towards the river.
It’s 2 miles to Robins Rest. (grocery store).I tried hitching for 15 minutes …but then decided to walk.
The grocery store was well stocked .but i just needed a few things more painkillers. Some fruit and snacks. Oh and a large cornetto.
I sat outside and decanted my food and tried to find places for it to fit then devoured my cornett
OK let’s go as I’d been a bit lazy
I headed up the road its almost 10 miles up. If I had known this then I would have tried hitching .
The road was steep and very long..there was no shade. At times it was like walking in kitty litter and then the atv’s whizzed by covering you in clouds of dust
(Not all of them)
It took me most of the afternoon to climb this bloody hill.
And I was totattsly exhausted at last I turned off of the road and back onto a real trail.
The trail started off well great tred well maintained then it split and became a guess where the trail is ,this was so tiresome I ended up leaving arrows for other hikers to help them .
I pushed on but that bloody hill had drained me and most of my water so water would be good.
But as I was in a volcanic area the water just drains down so all of the culverts I passed where dry
But eventually I found some ,I watered up as thought I may stop soon .I headed on through undulating fields so no where really to stop. The scenery was constantly changing and i had to keep stopping to stare at the large mountains and big screes
It amazes me how the trees cling on .I had stopped to take some video when I noticed another hiker behind me.
It was Swis Chris would I hadnt seen since encampment .
Are you heading to the lake snailtrainer. ,??
I’m not sure how far is it?
Yeah I can do that.
I watched him go tracking him
But then after checking my app I’m.off trail..
So double back **
I should have stayed on the original trail as because of beavers the trail is wrong.
So after wading through several rivers and bushwacking I emerged by the lake and Swis Chris had his tent up allready.
Grrr…. crap trail.
I quickly found a spot and put my tent up then went and joined Chris for dinner
It wasn’t long until Burning man arrived shortly followed by Gourmet and Pimgrim
We a chatted for several hours before my bed was calling