I woke and snoozed but for too long it was too snuggy in my bag.
Come on snail I dragged myself up and out and quickly packed up.
My tent was soaked, I’m guessing that it rained more in the night.
Okay lets go I headed out onto the trail , in several places it was under water.Guess we had lots of rain last night!
The trail started well and I was soon in my rhythm good start I thought , as I turned a corner I could see two hikers.
Get wet I asked
We got soaked.
This was gstring and woodpecker.
See you up trail guys…
Once past these two the trail steeply climbed and once again j was in blowndown land and heading up hill.
My pack seemed to weigh a ton,I’m guessing my wet tent so as soon as possible I will drop and dry it
I pushed on clambering over trees or around them and sometimes both. The sun was now trying to dry everything out including me. Phew..
When I was on a flat ridge I decided to stop and dry my tent hoping that would make my pack less heavy.
I removed it from the stuff sack and laid it out on the ground .
I made the most of my break as the sun and wind did their jobs.
Then g-string appeared.
I don’t suppose you know cuddles i asked?
Yes I do .
Well I have his hat..
Wow really he will be so pleased,he texted me and asked me to look out for it. I can take it if you like ( he’s faster than me)
Brilliant I said. But give me a mo it’s deep inside my pack.
I retrieved it and handed it over as his partner arrived.
Wow you have his hat!!.
I watched them head off as my tent continued to dry.
Okay onwards,there was a small climb then I headed down into the valley with great views all around.
The trail meandered through several forests before heading down.i was dreading this as I continued down for some time. Then of course it was the up and 900 feet plus oh joy.
There first part was okay with great switchbacks and not too steep…. then it was almost straight up.i went into chug mode but that still wasn’t enough and so I had to take a break.
I woofed all of my snacks hoping to make everything lighter
Okay part two I chugged up and hurrah I’m at the top.
Wow what amazing views…. now the down
Again the first part was stupidly steep before it leveled out.
In the distance was a lake where I presumed I was heading. Once again I was worried as I was heading down for a very long time… at last I arrived at the lake.wow amazing.
I decided to have a play with my new fishing rod. I could see several fish so fingers crossed.
I cast the fly several times but the fish didn’t seem interested. I said I would take 40 minutes but just after the half hour I caught something but lost the fly.
Okay better luck next time.
I packed up and headed back to the trail. Omg the next climb is another 900 feet..F*uck.
I headed on and up as thunder rang out perfect thats just what I need. Once again I struggled up the climb. There were switchbacks but they were still bloody steep about a third of the way up rain drops. On the turn was a small space where if pushed i coud maybe get my tent in. So I stopped and waited as more thunder rang out. After 10 minutes the sun reappeared so I carried on climbing and once again was soon at the top with amazing views.
Okay down and agsin in the distance was another lake.
It was 4.30 I was exhausted. Several big climbs,a late getaway and fishing so my milsge was going to be poor.
I pondered … maybe I will call it a daywhen I get to the lake?
It took 40 minutes to spiral down.
The lake looked gorgeous but I really wanted a few more miles so pushed on. The trail headed down before yet another climb.
Okay I will continue on until I reach the bottom then I will do the climb in the morning
As I crossed a stream I watered up just in case. The trail now meandered down through several burn areas …Great. .
Come on I need a flat spot the minutes slowly counted down as I continued along the trail. I crossed a bridge and then perfect..a flat spot
I got my tent out and set it up to dry before putting it all together.
Okay dinner I soon had water boiling for tea. Then a backpackers pantry meal.
I had just added water to the packet when it began to rain
F*uck I grabbed everything and ran to my tent throwing every thing inside
Okay I’ll finish cooking inside AGAIN….
Milage 16 not bad considering!!