I got up at 7.30 dressed and then grabbed my spare food box that I planned to bounce and began to head to the post office. Halfway there it dawned on me that they may open later on Saturday’s!
But when I got there it was worse.
They open at 12.pm and its only for pickups not to post. Bugger I should have checked that yesterday. Oh well I see what else I can cram into my pack rhe rest I will have ton leave.
As i was this far down town i may as well get breakfast so I continued walking to the Montana cafe.
I found a seat and ordered the
“Hill top’ Country hash with. Eggs mushrooms and cheese.
It came but the eggs were wrong. So I returned it when it reappeared the food was cold .I was going to reject it but time was tight so I woofed it down.
Then I went and paid, the chef was really apologetic but it was a bad breakfast and so they knocked it off of the bill.
I quickly waked back to my room and began to go through the spare food. Okay that’s done and its all crammed into my pack .
I gave the room a quick tidy.put the bin and rubbish by the door left the spare food in a box and I was done . I opened the door and took out my pack. The owner was just passing so I explained about the box and that I has had a lovely stay.
She thanked me and then said the best place to hitch was across the road by the stop sign and get back to chief Josepth Pass.
I hoisted my pack and crossed the road. It wasn’t long until I had a ride he wasn’t going that far.
No problem I said anything nearer is a bonus.
But he ended up dropping me at the pass.
It was then a 1 mile walk back to the trail.
I thanked him and waved goodbye then once again hoisted my pack and set off walking along the road.
I’m back on trail and it’s 12pm.
So much for my early start haha.
I set off down the trail with the sky being very overcast.
Not sure if it’s because of the smoke from the fire .
Because the trail head is by a large ski resort,the trail was immaculate, well signed and looked after.
The trail also seemed very level…mm that’s a worry ha ha.
But it stayed level for most of the afternoon and any climbs were mere bumps
I had just stopped to take a photo of a new type of sign when “Cuddles ” appeared a very tall German chap, who I hadn’t seen since Colorado . We chatted for seversl minutes then he was off. I kept him in sight for a while until he vanished.
I pushed on throughout the day until i reached the next pass. I was going to take a break here until a man in a large pickup began to talk to me.
Your freind is not far ahead.
He chatted for about 5 minutes then I was back to the trail.
I pushed on for another 40 minutes before stomping for s break. I guzzled some water and ate snacks.
The sky was now turning black and the breeze appeared.
Mmm I thought may get wet .
The next water was 7 miles ahead. I figur that,that may be my stop for the day.
I pushed on 4pm came and went and I was in yet another blowdown area 6 pm came and then I came to a large meadow.
Somewhere here was water. But it was easy to find due to the paths through the grass.
I dropped my pack and topped up my bottles.
Okay im now ready to camp
I rejoined the trail and hiked on and then once again I was on a large burn or dead tree area
Not the best place to camp as if it’s as windy as last night they could fall on you.
I checked my app and it shows a camp site in 3 miles. Okay I can do this. estimated eta is 7.30 that’s late for me but I’d rather camp safe
I pushed on, soon I was about a mile from camp .Great.
As I croosed one of the forest roads I noticed a cap lying on the trail. It was Cuddles as I regonised it from the photo I took of him earlier.
I picked it up hoping that he would be at the campsite.
At last I’m here there were several fire rings and a hanging post but no tents. Shame.
It was almost 8 so I quickly put up my tent and cooked dinner
That was a great day
Mileage 18 well ✔️ 👍