DAY 34

17 may.

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*

DAY 33 Not quite enough

16th May.

I slept really well but not long enough. I quickly packed up as  water  was boiling for tea.

I drank  it stowed it  away and I was ready.

I followed the trail until I came to the blazed trail for water. Okay I’ll grab one more  bottle. So dropped my pack ..as I said its a long way  there and back.

Okay happy now I hoisted my pack .it was several small climbs.  At the top was the two boy’s  from yesterday. 

I did my greetings then pushed on . After this, the trail just climbed and climbed. But it stayed level after this. Hurrah I pounded down the trail as it  was good and the miles were whizzing.

As I began to go down a small service road I could see some  elk but I couldn’t get my phone out quickly enough.  So I held it just in case and typically as soon as I put it was a dozen more bounded past. Oh well then 5 deer skipped past.nice.

The path then flowed into  a estate   open area almost like a estates garden . In the center was a murky  pond  nice. Luckily I had enough water thank you.  The trail  skirted this  beautiful  park. As I climbed up and out I could see a building,it was marked as Pavilion  on my  App..when I got there it was a open Pavilion.  With just enough shade. Then I spotted a drop toilet. So  had  to investigate. If you see one you have to use it lol.

I went back to the Pavilion  and put on a brew and ate a few snacks. It’s amazing how a cuppa  can really perk me up.

At 11 the trail began to climb and climb sharply. Then it was  smooth   for a bit  steep  down and then another  climb that went on and one. At last that leveled out. OK water i walked down a small trail then I could see  another hiker getting water  brilliant. 

When I arrived  Energiser was sat on his chair lunching. Nice I thought.

I found some shade , Grabbed  my bottles   then went to find the water.  It was icy cold. So I did not filter. 

I took them back to  where i had left my pack  then relaxed .

Okay trail  bugger  its now very very hot

I still don’t seem to have any ooph after lunch I blaming  the sun but it could be  the  Altitude??.

Okay 8 more miles,should  be  easy right! I should be able to do That by 6.pm

I set off okay but it wasn’t  long until my pace was crap. But I kept pushing  and pushing. The first part after lunch was fairly flat or down.but now I was ready to climb. 

Just as I was pondering Father  sticks appeared and took off up the mountain. I followed but when I got to the top he was nowhere to be seen,

I eventually found him taking a break.  As I made my way down trail the temperatures began yo climb so I looked for a shady tree. .At 3.30 I took a break but most have dozed off as I woke at 4.30

Well I didn’t realy sleep well last night.

Okay snail 4 miles

Once again I attacked the trail  but I was loosing I just didn’t have anything left  in my tank.

At 5.50 I noticed a spot.

That will do. I got my tent up while tea was brewing.

 I’m 2 miles short for water.  Yes I could have pushed on  but I didnt.

I had water so I have camped

Mileage looks  disappointing 

But for me it was  a tough day 

Mileage14

DAY 32 Leaving Grants

15th May

I should have gone to be earlier!

I woke up at 5.30 znd even through I had packed most things up there was still lots. 

I eat the last two chicken filets thst I couldn’t eat last night. Then a orange. Then the gator aid.

When I removed my charging block  from the socket it left one of the pins stuck.  Oh need a new one. Okay every thing packed.  Oh one last look. I wentvdown to reception to check out. He insisted I grab a coffee so I did. 

Okay  back to the trail.i walked along the main road.nornal on the Cdt  but still a bit scary. As I was passing the hotel of  hawkeye and Dr Tom I quickly called in and used the facilities too.

Lol

I wished them good luck and them me . I cut through several streets and then tripped on the placement and landed in a heap.i lay there for a few minutes  like a moored tortoise..luckily  I was able to put out my hands. My left wrist hurt but nothing broken. Knees and thighs more cuts. I then managed to right myself. Said a few fucks.  And staggered  on until I regained my composure. 

Like most Towns on the Cdt its a road walk in a down a road walk o ut.As I had already walked this way for my physio. I knew that the dog park had water so was carrying less. As i made it along the toad two other hikers joined me grandfather  sticks and  Energiser

The actual road walk to the trail was actually 6 miles long. But it was hot and of course up hill.

As we left town I pased by  the prison.  No trail magic here.lol

At last the trail head appeared a real trail head amazing..I took 10 mins in the shade  before starting.

Wow an actual  trail. It would its way around the lava  higher  and higher. Wish I  had left earlier  as it was cooking out there. I ran into a woman who wished me well and said stay safe.  As I climbed the views were pretty good. I then met two men who were fairly chatty. Its .7  to the top one said then it’s all flat.  I pushed on but then needed  a break as it was HOT!. Just as I sat down a runner flew past me. Wow I said.

Oh the apple.  I had taken an apple  out with me from town  Mmmm that was tasty. Oh back to the climb

I set off after him and had him st a good pace. We were crossing  wide open spaces and in the distance trees.. As we got closer  he peeled off for shade  .Good plan do I did similar. After 20 minutes it was back  yo the trail the trail climbed through the lava.it want had just bloody hot.I had to stop every two hrs. Then I noticed I was low on water. How can that be . So now I was in save mode. .bugger. should have check this at the dog .

As I reached the summit granddad sticks was just moving off from his break.  Wow the views from up here were stunning. 

Actually  I just think it was so hot I was drinking more and more .

Even though there was plenty of shade on this section  it was still roasting. No I had had enough. I found a tree with plenty of shade.deployed my umbrella  and relaxed. I took a hour and a half.

But then sun was no cooler I needed 8 more miles to get to water.  I I don’t think I had them.i decanted my bottles to my bladder. I was under 2 litres scary.

I pushed on but had no pace in this heat.the water was worrying  me.i carry plenty but today it was not enough. After about an hr I needed  another  break. SNAIL. This is crap (,my pace and stamina). I pushed on again  but could not keep the pace.

I stopped again okay I’ll wait to 7 when it cooler. I wouldn’t  need so much water.or maybe another hiker could dare water. That way I could then camp. 

I waited no one came.fuck. okay 3 miles left 

I was now out of water.  The miles went agonisingly  slow and the light was fading.  

Okay im here. Or close,i dropped my pack. Took my bottles ,bladder and cup and dropped down into the canyon and headed downstream. Nothing.nothing.nothing  fuck

Then I saw a blue blazed footpath 

I hurried along in the fading light and yes a spring. I filled a bottle  and chugged it down without  filtering  the contents. I did another half before filling everything up and heading back. In the dimming light. God it seems twice as far going back and with the weight of the water

Okay ifound my pack, gave the area a quick scan.yup it will do.

I retrieved the water and my pack and stood it by a log.

Then I laid out my ground sheet.threw my sleeping bag on  top. I then secured the corners

Before making two cups of tea.

I sorted out my pack then got into bed. t was too dark to put up my tent and I didn’t bother with my pad . I could be cold.

I actually slept well although the mossies  were a pain. Buzzing around my ears

I was just nodding off when the moon arrived with her big searchlight.god it was bright.

I slept really well , just a not enough of it.

Mileage  21.1

DAY 31 2nd zero Grants

Day 31   Zero 2

Again, another great night   in a great bed.
I got up lazily as   I didn’t think I had to rush.
take the bus down town post office grabs a coffee then walk over to the Physio perfect.
So, I grabbed another cup of coffee   before heading out to catch the bus!!
I sat there for a few minutes (the buses are fairly regular.

MMM, I thought so I rang them. Fuck!! they do not run-on Saturday…
No problem I have plenty of time Loads of time so set off walking   half way there I ran into Hawkeye and Dr Tom, hey guys well to see you.

They were on chores      we agreed to catch up after 12 at the Brewery, I told Hawkeye about gas and so I said I would pick him one up.

I checked the post office, mothing I hasn’t really expected it after the conversation with REI.
Okay gas and a coffee. The Café was slightly busy so took me a few minutes to get served.

I grabbed my coffee and sat down then casualty    looked at google maps for the location of the Gym where the Physio was. FUCK FUCk its almost an hour away and its already 10past and my appointment is 10.45 how can I mess this up.

I headed off to the Physio   dumping my coffee in the nearest trash can. It was a long way away and it was hot.  I pounded the streets walking as fast as I could. it was still a long way to go    as the appointment time neared, I phoned her to explain my predicament.
no problem she said in a reassuring voice.

I passed by the dog park taking note that they had water and outside a porta potty (useful)

At last, I was there arriving hot and sweaty not that I had preferred.
Monica was really great asked what my main issue was then went to work.
Wow I my hip and thigh   felt so much better, and she gave me some tips and exercises.
Which I must do …

Another lady who works there was just leaving so I managed to get a ride back to Hawkeye’s motel.
they were still on chores.
But there was a vending machine here so I grabbed a coke.  Which I quickly drained.

Okay top the brewery.
And great I got a ride. The driver had a breathalyzer   thing in the car    which he had to blow   into to drive the car …!!!!
He dropped me off at the Brewery that was an old Junk yard
Wow what a place I loved the concept. There were several other hikers here so I said Hi before ordering myself a beer. OH, it tasted so good a cheeky IPA at 7.5 % well I’m still on a zero lol

Okay guys I had better go.
I had a few chores to do at Walmart   and get some rest oh and try to squeeze the contents of my floor back into my pack!!!!
As I left the Brewery the Chef was just leaving so dropped me back to y motel perfect.
Once back I treated myself toa Grampa Nap. (Well, more of a doze)

20 minutes later Hawkeye and Dr Tom arrived, I ordered them beers and we sat and chilled then we ordered hot dogs but they are not hotdogs (meatier) they tasted great. we sat there for most of the afternoon talking and drinking.

Later I visited Walmart [picked up a few things 0 I wanted a tennis ball but they do not sell so I found one in dog treats lol. On the way back I popped into a fast-food place it does chicken but I can’t remember its name. I brought chicken strips and small fries.
Once back I tried out my tennis ball and it crushed the ball. How crap I thought and the other ball was the same oh well.

I put on the Tv and ate my dinner but wasn’t as hungry as I thought. So put the rest in the fridge for breakfast.
I chilled on the bed finishing off the remainder of the beer that I had purchased in between pacing up.
I should go to sleep earlier but John Wick was on and even though I have seen it a dozen times but still  had to watch until the end

 

Milage     several and a bit of running

 

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DAY 30 ZERO IN Grants

13th May 2020

 I slept well its a real bed.

Okay chores.i grabbed my sleeping bag  and set off down town I tried hitching first then just gave up..i watched as  several busses past me..I could have caught one maybe

 about 30mins later I passed the French boys and bandaid I waved.  I as I continued the bus came the other way. I waved it down.the driver was very  helpful.  And offered to take me to the post office.as we drove back around bandaid got on.

At last we were at the post office .i bounced my food box  but my bag was not there dam.the Post lady  said it my be logged in if I pop back in a hr.

I headed across the road and had a coffee and breakfast bagel the bagel was so so good.

As I sat there I checked Rei oh they havnt shipped  yet. Okay

I finished my coffee as I was leaving I asked the owner if there was any onein town who did sports massage.

To my amazement she said yes I use this lady  and gave me her number.

I then asked a random question. 

Do you happen to have scales here?  Her husband said yes would you like to weigh yourself. 

He produced the scales and I stepped on 198lb oh my I’ve lost 20lb.

I thanked them and walked back to the post office.  As I arrived the bus returned so I jumped on and headed home.

We passed by the fire station znd sat out dide were snout a dozen kids in fire helmets  ah bless.

Once in my room i cracked a beer and rang Rei to see if I could change the address snd delivery. 

I spoke to a lady called Morgan who was super helpful. 

It appears that both my items are here  and at the Usps depot  but are waiting g for release.  But no one knows why.i spent an hr on the phone .its seems a fuck up by usps. But They were not able to drop it to my motel.

It could be that both items are at the post office tomorrow.but  the post office closes at 12pm tomorrow.  So Rei are going to sent me a duplicate to Cuba. Fingers crossed.

Okay I’m happy either that.

I next rang the physio.  And I have an appointment for 10.45 am tomorrow fingers crossed.

Okay shopping. I headed to  walmart and got most of my stuff except spam  singles lol. 

Okay home tv and nothing

I settled on the bed cracked a beer and caught up on blog.

Later I cooked a lasagne that I picked up from walmart.very tasty. Impressed.

Okays. Now I am  up to date 

Hurrah and relax

Miles just a few 

DAY 29 A disappointing day

12th May

I woke early and  could hear others packing but wasn’t sure who?  When i  emerged to have a wee,The boys were ready to walk out.

I was worried about them being on the road this early, although at this time it will  probably  be quite.

I began packing up   and soon I was ready.i visuted the  toilet,  the luxury of sitting on a seat lol.

Okay i was ready

I marched out  laughing as I saw Dr Tom had left his old water bottle.

It was a cool.morning as i  walked past the lava fields,   back dropped by the cliffs to my right

I started at agood pace trying to.ignore the pain in my hip I pushed on and then decided  iwas hurting too much. Ahead sat shoes and Chameleon. Shoes was also beatup . okay reluctantly  we decided we were going to hitch 

No hiker wants to do this but pushing  on injured could  lead to getting off trail permanently. 

The third car stopped and we managed to squeeze in .he wasn’t going all the way  but we really didn’t care.

But as we drove and chatted he changed his mind and ended taking us all the way .

We were soon in Grants..he then agreed to take shoes to where ever his package was.so I got out.

Across  the road was motel 6 fingers crossed there is a room.

I went for three nights and discounted it was $60 a night.

I found my room and collapsed on the bed.

Okay I stripped off and used the shower.once clean I began to go through my gear.

Okay now I can relax.i began working  on my WordPress blog.

Okay laundry I got some change and started laundry 

Next.  I walked to the shop got some bits and of course beer.

Dam I’ve brought two pockets of the same by mistake.

I dried my laundry Okay im hungry.

It seems like every thing is down town 2 miles away. Oh hold on there’s a taco bell across the street.i put on my shoes and headed out. I ordered two burritos  and fries. They tasted device, washed down with  cold beer result.

I spent the next few hours flicking through the numerous channels before bed.

Mileage 11

DAY 28 road to Grants

11th May 2022

I slept so well maybe it was  thd Mileage from yesterday.

But I am feezing.  I was just packing up when the boys walked past me.

I quickly set off after them but on the flat they have a quick pace.

The firstc water was .5 and so it wasn’t long until I arrived there.

I walked up the track past the tank. Behind it was the solar panel.  I switch it on and wTer flowed  great I topped upmy bottles  and felt quite smug.

Several hours later I came across the two boys resting under the shade of a road sign so decided to join them. . It wasnt long until Risemarry.Old bag and twerk arrived..we discussed our route then set off.

Once again the road just snaked off into the distance. 

Around  this time my hip really begun  to hurt and my pace slowed. I.pushed on but wasnt happy.  Up ahead Rosemary and Co turned to cross a field to the next water source another solar well.

I was sure I had plenty  so pushed on still hurting. I soon came to a real road  and turned right. I was hurting and put out my thumb.  Then changed  my mind and pushed on after about an hr  I took a break under a tree.It want long until all the others joined me.

We sat there for 20 minutes 

Twerk was hurting too and was debating about hitching too.

NB

So many hikers are getting injured  mainly feet and legs as its so tough especially  all the road waking. 

Water was in 4 miles.i can do that I said as my bladder was out. 

We all set off but the boys were soon out of sight.normally I can keep up but not today.

The girls were holding back because of Twerk. 

After several hrs we arrived st the next cow tank. Cows were actually swimming in it .Nice.

But fresh water flowed from the solar well. We all topped up and rested.  The girls then arrived but no sign of Twerk.

Okay it’s four more to the picnic ground and that makes 20 miles. 

I wasn’t sure if I had 4 more miles in me. But set off after the boys.

Once again they were soon out of sight and they was alo a dust vloud ahead luckily it missed me.

The hours ticked down I really wanted to camp but there was nothing no shade no cover nothing. I pushed on  still hurting  I could see trees in the distance.  Maybe I could get there!!.

As I got nearer I noticed two bodies lying under a hedge. It was hawkeye and Dr Rob.  Good spot boys. I joined them .I have my eyes on those trees  I said.i was hoping there was a gate.

As we sat there the girls arrived.

There is the picnic area 1.1 ahead.

Picnic area can mean food and treats  so pushed my self on.

I arrived about 20 minutes after the others.

Snail no camping here.

Oh I said but there were picnic tables and drop toilets.

I walked  further in and at the second picnic tables were Shoes and Chameleon. Shoes was also injured and had his foot bandaged. 

So I put upmy tent and joined them on the bench. Hawkeye and Dr Rob  then appeared and joined us too.

May be my hip maybe sun but I felt really unwell . And quite faint.shoes gave me a lot of his water but it took me about an hour to feel better.

Hawkeye  and Dr Rob  cowboy camped  so did Shoes and Chameleon.   And I retired to my tent.

Mileage 20

DAY 27 Leaving Pie Town

10th May 2022

My alarm went off I snoozed it and again

I slept so well except for the huge weight pressing on my stomach  my steak from last night lol

I pulled the plug on my mattress and began the chore of packing up. Although I had sorted out my stuff I still had far too much.

I collapsed my tent and stowed it on my pack thrncartiedcmy packn to the deck. I carried the bixes znd stuff and sieted between hiker box and trash.i got fresh water  then a coffee. I was stalling. Snail you need to leave.

But still I was fannying around.

At last I left I said good bye to the toaster house and marched  off up the road.

My pack was heavy water and food. Too much food. I will get that right one day.

Today was just going to be road walking a very long road walk all the way to Grants such fun !!

New Strides

After two hrs I stopped for a break and as I had cell service managed to   renew my phone contract  phew result.

This dirt road we all all hiking up is actually the main highway  amazing. And it was busy.polite drives slowed down as they passed you ,other flew past at scary speeds showering you in a cloud of dust. Such fun!!. 

I kept swapping sides depending on the toad surface as dome sides were sand and other was a harder gravel. . This road snaked off far  into the distance.  Forever or so it seemed.i pushed on and on in the dust.

After about 15 miles I arrived at a farm that showed on the map that it had water. 

Once I walked inside I was suppressed to see Hawkeye and Dr  Rob.also yonny was here and a few others.

I topped up for water and chatted for a while. The boys left first  then I set off after them. I ended up walking with  Yonny and he seemed to want a slower pace  so we walked together  we told each other our life stories  as we walked. When we stopped for a break it was 5pm and we had completed 21 miles on the day.

It was still early but I was happy with that so decided to stay. 

Yonny  cooked dinner but wanted more miles. So headed out.

I cooked my heaviest foods  and then went to bed early 

Phew 21 miles

DAY 26 ZERO PieTown

9th May

9th May

Omgit was bloody windy last night. And then there werethe dogs howling g and a few gosts  singing but I slept well.

I heard people picking up but  I’m not so I alazy morning.

I got up and visited the loo then to the house there were people milling around some trying to.leave others chilling.

I grabbed a coffee and sat on the porch. I saw a free power  outlet  so plugged in my block. 

I them began to catch up on  my videos. I had a lot to edit but once done I can upload when I get to grants As I was editing Shoes and Co arrived .they  steath camped last night (I wasn’t brave enough)

Okay post office I should have 1 parcel packet.i set off up the road hi I said and handed over my I’d.

The lady found my packet I grabbed a box to take  back. 

Once back I dropped the stuff in my tent. Okay boxes I had two at the hikerhouse. A food box and Shoes.

The food box I decided to bounce as I still had far too.much food.

Once thst was sorted Nita dropped me to the post office.then to the cafe. When I walked in the usual  suspects where here.the girls and Shoes and Co.

I sat at the table with Shoes and Chameleon.  Okay I ordered blueberry pie followed by a breakfast burrito. 

The pie was amazing and so was the burrito. 

After wasfull I headedback to the Toaster House.  

I grabbed a beer and then continued with my editing .Later hawkeye  and Dr Rob arrived. 

We caught up on our disastrous  day. And who had the better day lol.

I think I was just lucky .

Later Nita  arrived and she’d if anyone fancied going out for a slab of meat.  We’ll said yes.

I had a great day with editing so I was a caught up.

So e spent the rest of the day chilling on the porch drinking beer.

At 6.30 Nita arrived and we jumped into the car

On the way to the steak House Nita gave a great  talk about the town etc etc.

Once at the restaurant  e grabbed seats odered beer and then our steaks I had the Rib Eye not sure how big 18,ozs +/- oh it was so tender mmmm and I woofed the lot.

We popped into the shop.next door as we were asked to bring back beer and  a few other things  then headed home. On the way back Nita showed is the huge radio telescope. It was here where they filmed Contact with Jodie Foster. 

At last we were back there were still plenty of hikers sat on the deck  chatting  and drinking.

We dropped the beer on the table.but I was done and very full so headed to my tent.

Omg all this  food so spent 10 minutes  sorting  it all out before getting into.my bed.

Mileage zero.

DAY 25 Heading to Pie Town

8th May.2022

Not sure what happened but I over slept or maybe I swit he’d it off Instead of snoozing .

At 6am I strippeddown made a cupp as I packed up. As I was packing up Marmot came by the lady I scared yesterday.

I wason trail by 6.30. It wasa cool morning Thank god.but I decided that I didn’t need my outer shirt.

My early pace was good and I soon caught Marmot but was sure to call out first.

I walked with her for a while and enjoyed her company. Finding out about her hike and reasons for doing it. 

Okay I need more miles so wished her well and strolled off. 

I hadgood pace and it wasn’t long until I arrived at the Davila Ranch.

As I made my way in 

OMG sat eating were Shoes,Chameleon  and Calvin. Just leaving were the two  girls  “Fast food and Dollar General”  they asked for copies of them at the hot springs. 

Snail your first in line for the shower.  I walked in and took offmost of my clothes and stuck them in the washing machine. 

I asked the gang had they seen hawkeye  or Dr Rob.

They are behind you snail!

Noway  they can’t be …Can they ?

I headed to the shower.  Omg this was a great shower powerful  and hot a rare conbination.

So I’m clean.i wasn’t really hungry but the food the gang was eating looked so good I decided to make some myself. Potato.onions eggs and beans  yummy.

It’s all free well for a donation. 

I started cooking and  mmm.it was so good 

 At last the washing  was done so I next  the dryer.  While waiting i starting charging my gear

Omg I could have sat here all day.

MARMOT arrived and decided to boil some eggs ..Nice.

Asi had service I was able to order z new bag and a steripen  great that was a result they will be at Grants.

Okay I need to leave.just as I was packing up the owner arrived what an amazing  bloke. So chilled and laid back.

I left fully watered up as I was  planning to hike just outside town

I set off down the road I had a great pace that’s what a good dinner will do.

I was cruising and miles falling  but gradually as the hours ticked by the speed dropped.

Have to say the 13 miles from the ranch to Pie Town didn’t seem to friendly as virtually every 200 yards were no trespassing. Go away bugger off signs

Mmm..very freindly

At 4.30 I was running out if steam  and still lugging far too much water.i stopped for a break and poured 2 litres away.

Well I wasn’t camping along this road do didn’t need it.

At last I was entering  Pie Town. Phew now where is the toaster hse. A man pointed the way.. at last I’m here I walked in the back and saw Ducky.

whats the score Ducky I asked. 

Just throw up your tent.

I  soon had it up then went to the porch about a dozen hikers were here and do many friendly faces. 

The girls were here and shoved a beer in my hand perfect.at the back of the hostel were  dozens of shoes  tied to the  wall.

Some are hikers who give up and leave there shoes others are where hikers swap out their first pair.

I had a new pair waiting  for me two hopefully.

TOASTER HOUSE

I joined in with my fellow hiker trash. Chating laughing and drinking. But I was tired and soon bed was calling. 

Mileage 17