DAY 148 Leaving Augusta

September 7th 

My alarm  sounded at 7am  i silenced it then slowly walked to the shower.

The  spray of warm water bringing me back to life.

I staying under  far too long making the most of my shower  as it would be my last for 5 ish days  maybe longer..

I quickly dried and dressed then headed  for breakfast. 

Shredders meal looked so good yesterday  that I ordered the same. An omelette  with spinach, tomato, bacon ,mushroom and cheese   with hashbrowns and coffee. I was just about to order when hammer  appeared and joined me.  We were busy chatting when Shredder appeared and also joined  the table.

The meals soon came and mine was so so good.

Once devoured I paid  and headed back to my room to finish packing. 

I filled my water bottles and I was  ready..I took back my key then returned to my room to grab my pack .

Okay  my ride is at 10am  so walked up towards town and the pickup  point.

Frank was already here so told me to load my pack.

There were 5 of us heading back.

Myself shredder,Google ,cross creek and a new face.

As I’m waiting  Cash appears. Hi snail how did you get in front of me?

I’m never sure  as I seldom pass  anyone  so It had to be early in the morning as I do not hike late.

Okay we  are heading back.But Frank has some disturbing news  there is another fire up on the mountain  and  there is a possibility that the forest service may shut the road…..

But we drive on anyway.  I have a food box at the ranch   but decide to leave it and hike on as I feel I have enough food.

About 5  miles from.the trailhead we see a hiker coming towards us.

It’s shotgun. So Frank’s  stops  and she climbs into the back of the pickup

We soon arrive at the trail head and thees?about 8  hikers waiting.

Kid,hotsaucce,the Aussies, storytime, Napoleon,  and 2 girls I havnt seen before. We  grab our gear  and they put in their  gear and then Frank’s  drives them away.  Shredder  is fast away and is soon out of sight.

I spend 5 minutes filming before heading off.

The trail starts in a nice wide open forest and it’s not long until I reach a large suspension bridge. 

As I cross  the acid  smoke  is beginning to get into my  lungs.hopefully the wind  will move  it   on .

I push on down the trail and soon come across “Cross creek sat  on a log. I  wish her well and push on.

She will soon pass me as shes fast.

The trail  is  wide  and sandy my  perfect trail  and so I’m getting  a  good pace.  The forest opens out into a large valley with  bold  hill’s  both sides apart from the hundreds of black needles  where  bushy trees once grew. 

It looked sad  but  its recovering slowly.  I pushed on crossing numerous streams . God this makes a change  from. Last weeks dry section . I had refused  yo look at the  profile  on my app so was unaware  of any climbs,I was just going to push on and as I started at 11am  I wasn’t expecting a huge milage but 14 would be good. 

I was realy enjoying today’s trail it was almost flat but I did worry I would have a large climb  sometime today.  Then I came to another large suspension bridge. Below it was a nice sandy beach.good place for lunch I thought…but I kept going.

There was  so much water  on today’s section that when I stopped for a break  I drank a litre  that I was carrying. Why carry it when there is so much.

I don’t need to carry  any until at least mile 14.and  maybe due to the smoke or  just  cloud it hadn’t been as hot as forecast 

(100*)  phew thank god. 

I had now switched to another audio book  this one is a bit of a romance but a good story and whilst listening I had zoned  out and was still maintaining a good pace.

But I was a lite concerned that crosscreek  hadn’t caught and passed me as I’m not that fast well not as fast as her 

The  afternoon was passing quickly and  turning  into early evening.  I stopped to check my app I was  doing really well  thanks to a flat trail and I had done my 14 miles. There was a campsite with water in about 4ish miles

That sounds a good spot to stop.

I crossed several more  creeks and streams  and then had a bit of a climb before the trail leveled  out okay  mot much further to go.

When I went around the next corner  I noticed a hiker sat on a log it was Google..

GOOGLE

Have you seen Crosscreek he asked.

yes  I said, it was just after she started I said.

She was sat on log. I was surprised  that she hadn’t passed me.

Google said that she hadn’t been feeling well.  And that’s why he was waiting for her.

That was really good of him I thought.

Just ahead was another creek and the campground that I had been heading to.

Perfect ,I soon had my tent up  and then took my cooking gear  to a log ready to make dinner.

I had just sat down when Cross creek appeared .she did in fact look washed out so went and out up her tent and crashed.

Google came and joined me on the log and cooked supper too.

We chatted a while before I headed off . Hung my bear bag then called it a night

Mileage 18.

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