The alarm went off I snoozed it but then began to move.
Got to do better than yesterday!
As yesterday was crap.
I packed up drank my hot chocolate and I was away.
2 miles from yesterday then we will see. (2 miles until water)
Shirt on or off ?. Its a bit chilly shirt on. ..I wear my vest all day long but put an over shirt on in the mornings. But thst comes off as soon as I heat up.
I was on trail by 6 better start snail. Typically the trail after I camped was really nice and flat. So maybe I should have gone on to the water….Maybe maybe. Ha ha. I teased myself.
The 2 miles soon went. This happens after a good night’s sleep .
I saw the cow trough on the mide if the field as I made my way over I could still see tents under some trees. It looked like Energiser and uncle Sticks. (IT wasnt) I filterd several liters and carried a litre of dirty just in case.
I was off and making good progress as it was mainly road walking or dirt track walking but it was scattered with stones ,mainly lava. This continued miles after mile sometimes it was smooth other times just rock .
There wasn’t much to see either at 9am I took my mid morning break. It was near a pond (no thank you) I enjoyed my break as I was leaving I caught sight of two hikers behind me. I had a small bump to climb then back to the road such fun. The road now pased through open land with little to no trees for shade and the temperatures had suddenly rocketed up. Omg.
I stopped again under a tree to put on my umbrella. As I was sorting it the two hikers came by they were from oklahoma.and hiking from Grants to Cuba..
I watched them go as i struggled with my umbrella. Okay all good I set off after them. Keeping them in sight but after an hr even with my umbrella I was melting. FUCK….why can’t I do this itcws no good I needed yet another break. I found a tree with decent shade and seemed refuge.
I was planing on takeing 20 minutes but woke up an hr later. Oh dear…. but I must have needed it. But as the morning go on it just gets hotter DOH!!
I pushed on with fresh legs and was doing great as the road weaved inside out of trees still no shade. As I crossed a wide open place I was happy there was a breeze to cool me down …. untill it got a little a little fierce and turned my brolly induce out bugger and @@@@.
It wa difficult trying to save your umbrella and and walk.
I somehow manzged to rescue it and close it. . But now the sun was not bring kind and so once again
at 2pm I hit the same wall. And was really cross with myself.
Yet another shady tree. I did a water check I’m okay and it’s only 4 more miles so had a extra doze.Okay let go get this water…
The miles counted down getting closer fantastic. My app said .9 miles to go but as I turned into the path there was a sign saying spring with 1.6 miles written on it.
Okay snail we need some inspiration. I put in my ear pods and we marched on.
At last I’m here but the signs were not exactly clear. I wondered sound then just followed the footprintst (This can be dangerous lol.)
I wasn’t sure about leaving my pack. So took it with me . The water was across a canyon up and over then down the side of a cliff. Such fun.half way down I could see people.
It took about 15 minutes to get down.
at the bottom were the two hikers I spoke to earlier. The water was good ice cold from a pipe.so I didn’t filter. I emptied the water from my bladder and refilled it,then my two bottles. While I was here I made a cuppa. The two other hikers left and began their route back. Then two others arrived they had left their packs up at the top. Wise.
Her name was Rip it up. Can’t remember his except he had done 27 miles so far or 37 ?
I have to say I don’t get it. I do not see any reason to try and cover such vast milage. I think your not taking in the trail,listening to nature . But then I’m just bloody slow. On the Pct I averaged 22 a day. But didn’t have these huge water carries. Water is heavy. And I’m much older and …lol.
Any way it’s his hike. I left and started the slow walk back up the mountain less than 20 minutes ..I’m happy with that.
Okay it just gone 5pm . And i have full tanks. I set off and imeadity the trail began to climb but then it was flat a nice flat okay I’ll go to six. I pushed on waiting for the fast team to come by.
Okay it six . Should I go on ? ,ooh flat spot. That will do.
And in fairness I was done.
I find the sun here just drains me
Okay tent up and several cups of tea and it’s bed
Night all and
Miles 21. Phew
Total distance so far 575*