t’s was a great sunset last night and a great sunrise.
I really didn’t want to get up as I was so comfy in my bag.
I eventually pulled the stopper on my mattress.
And started the task of getting up .
It was a beautiful morning.
I made tea and ate 2 instant oats
Okay lets go.
I quickly found the trail and pushed on heading down and straight into a bog. Really!!
I tried to keep my feet dry as long as I could. But then gave up.
I was in bog land for at least 40 minutes.Not the same bog different ones. Arrrrrhhhh.
On the AT there would be duck boards I moaned .
I was in the forest for a good 90 minutes before emerging into day light and a big dead area. I pushed on as it was beginning to warm up.. But I was still heading down . But it was time to do the blow downs dance. And there were quite a few.
Eventually I climbed up and out of bog city and pushed on down the trail. It was now in a forest that was heading down….I font like heading down for too as it only means one thing… yes UP.
Then I met a group of people coming up the trail. I did the double take then realise that they were a trail crew with their saws and gear.
I chatted to them for 5 minutes.
And thanked them.
These are the invisible hero’s who keep the trail clear.
Some ate volunteers. And they have walked several miles up trail
Carrying their gear. No chain saws . Just manual.
I eventually came to water so filled up and took a break too
It was about another’s 20 minutes to the trail head where their cars were parked.
The trail now followed the service road. As I walked along there were dozens of butterflie taking a drink from the damp road.
I pushed on up as it was good to walk on. I passed a couple with their dog and walked straight past the trail junction.
But luckily not far, I followed the trail as it climbed . Bloody hell its getting hot my watch said 89 and it was still early.
The trail meandered around the woods up and down but fairly gentle.before dropping down to the road. I had to follow this hot snd dusty road.
It crossed the river by a large bridge. Below was a man fishing Any luck I called.
HE shrugged his shoulders.
I crossed over the bridge then walked down to get water
I poured a bottle over my head as I was roasting
Then filterd 2 bottles.
I pushed on through the park following the badges on the trees.
I passed several large campsites until the trail took a sharp right and climbed up and over several hills.
I was up early and witnessed a great sunrise. I packed up and was just drinking my tea when a lady hiker csme past .
I finished up and set off down the trail it was going to be a great day. The trail was fairly clutter free enabling me to get a reasonable pace and it was heading down always helps.
I shortly arrived at the trail head and campsite. The female hiker was just using the Privy. Well one never misses a privilege so I also used.
The trail Imeadity began to climb maybe I am going over the mountains I saw earlier. Mmmm
The trail crossed the road and headed up ( I didn’t know at the time but it was going to be a climbing day.)
The trail climbed then meandered a bit then dropped down and then did it all again.
Mm I won’t get my milage I if its like this I said to my self.
Once again the trail headed down then changed its mind and headed up again this time I got to see some amazing views of the valley.
I pushed on up coming to several large snow clumps. I climbed over them and then dome more and omg some more. I thought I was done with snow. Obviously NOT!!.
Aa I made my wayvover yet more more I began to meet several hikers coming the other way.
Two were finishing off bits of the Cdt.
I pushed on looking for water but there wasn’t any for a while so I patiently got water from a snow melt. Not perefect but I was thirsty.
I added bleach waited then flavoured it before drinking.
Okay time to move . Around the next corner the whole landscape changed it was fairly baron looking with lots of snow to cross.
I pushed on making good progress but then the trail became difficult to follow.
Eventually I found it and once again it was up and down and up and down . The sun was now getting hotter as I approached yet another climb. I think I need a break and was just pondering when gourmet appeared and thought the same so we sat in the shade and had lunch. Several other hikers passed by as we relaxed.
Gourmet had gone tubing in
Steamboat springs and was slightly red!!!
We chatted for a while but it was soon time to hike some more.
See you at the top snail. I laughed
I packed up and set off after him omg he was already at the top hes just so fast or rather I’m just so slow.
Once up the trail did its normal meander then vanished.
But I quickly found . It Once again dropped down into the valley and then imeadity climbed up the other side.
Except as I began the next climb I found myself in a bog.
Now on the Apalahcian trail we would have duck boards come on cdt lol
Once up I crossed several meadows again with the added fun of more bogs.
Then I lost the trail again…. it has to be me… and I have a great sence of direction.
I soon found it but it went up another mountain.
It was mainly scree but it had a path through it.
Once up I was on a very large plain. And in the distance cairns.
I set off towards it then the next one and the next before dropping down the vally towards a lake. But I could see the trail snake away to my right.. and of course up.
Once at the top of course it went down but this time through several snow fields.i trudged through the first two then walked around the third. But then decided to take a break. Whilst here I grabbed water from the melt. Okay backbto the climbing
Can’t we have some flat I shouted to no-one.
Seems not…I climbed and climbed …whoop some down. As i began to head down something caught my eye. It was a long horned goat stood high on a rock.
I wasn’t sure if it was a tree at first but it did move its head.
Okay down time was moving on and with all the climbs I wasn’t going to make my target as I was so tired. And tyoicsllyvthe down was very very long and steep and cluttered. It did level out for a while as i walked through loads of small dead trees they reminded me of Triffids…
Now the trail continued down but as before steep and cluttered.
I passed several good spots for camping but was determined to get to at least 5.30.
Once at the bottom i was greeted with more bogs… Really!!!.
I manged to navigate these keeping my feet dry. But then it was more snow to climb over.
Which again is tiresome especially towards the end of the day. The trail now headed left.
But nearby was a small spinny. That looks ideal and it was now 5.30. That will do me.
And it was mossie free. Well untill I dropped my pack then it became alive.
I slept really well but then with the price of the bed I should lol.
I put on the coffee machine much better with real milk.
I switched on the tv to catch the news and relaxed as I was in no hurry. Around 8ish I stuck a meal into the microwave.i had planned on eating both last night but then decided I had eaten enough so ill have it for breakfast with another coffee followed by two yoghurts and an orange .
Okay I still had stuff to go into my pack although it was full.
So I pulled it all out and started again,that’s better
Although there were still a few bits.its no good I’m going to have to leave them .
I did one last round of the room and yes I’m ready.but it’s only 9 so I’ll make the most of the room.
So one more coffee. Then u finished off the sprite then 30 minutes later finished off the milK
Okay now I’m ready.
I hoisted up my pack and left the room. I handed in my key changed my coins into notes and said goodbye.
It was pricey but I e joued my stay the front desk always knew my name and couldn’t do enough for me.
I walked across the road and took upmy hitching position.
Further up the road I could see two other hikers. Let’s see who gets a ride first……I lost lol
But then a ride. My driver had 7 dogs in the car all huskys. Mum & dad and 5 babies (16 weeks). He also has 14 more in Alaska.
He does mushing sled teams.
I was quite impressed. He dropped me at the trail head which was perfect
I thanked him and set off up the trail . It was now 11am so we will not do a great deal today.
The trail quickly turned into a skidoo trail but thankfully this one was flat not rutted like others.
It headed up but on a much gentler tract
Then it became road.im guessing this was the old main road. .
Half way up I stopped and looked around and behind me was Rabbit Ears. It’s a rock formation hi on a hill and is very famous.from my angle it doesn’t really look like ears but from other angles it does.
I followed the road up and eventually it came to another trail head and campsite. The trail now became a trail for a few yards before become a dirt toad for the campsite. The campsite was lush , nice pitches with a picnic bench.
And most were rented out. I t also had several lakes.
The trail became a trail again and headed away from.the campsite.
I met numerous prople waking and most were chatty like me lol.
Well I enjoy meeting people.
I pushed on as it was beginning to get warm.
I crossed over a do not use this bridge. And carried on up the trail.
The trail was a very gentle roller coaster and I felt I had a great pace. Although I was still stopping to chat to people.
Then I met a southbound hikers. I’m guessing he was flipflopping
Or finishing off a section.
Any way he gave me some great advice about wyoming.
I pushed on until I came to a cross roads.
I was just checking my app when another hiker caught me. He was from the Chez Republic.
I let him pass as my foot was hurting today around the ankle and as this part of the trail was badly cut up. It was making my foot worse.
But I kept him in sight as I followed him.eventually arriving at yet another trail head. As I headed down once again I passed about a dozen people going the other way. Many had fishing rods.
It was almost 2 pm so when I spotted a huge log. I called lunch. As I sat there still more people pased by . Then another hiker passed. We chatted for a few minutes before he headed off. He was soon followed by a girl out on her bike.
Okay snail let’s go. The trail still headed down. With the added fun of log jumping
I was eventually at the bottom. Hmm where does the trail go,?
But No they were right. I Soon came to lake 1 I tried to film but the mossies were having none of that so I fled. The next lake wasn’t so bad . So I took 5 mins.
Then I dotted a couple with their dog coming down from the other side. Once again we chatted for a while before heading on opposite directions. There were a few climbs then flat . Sounds perfect. But I take what I’m yd with a pinch of salt.
Further along the trsil my boxers and shorts seemed yo gave a disagreement so at the next water I dropped my pack to sort the issue. Done
I grabbed 1 litre as the next was in 5 miles and if I stopped before at least I could make a cuppa.
But the trail was still fairly level and I was feeling great. Thank god as the last few days i have had no energy or stamina.
Wow its 5.30 come on snail let’s try to get to at least 6.30 I pushed on thunder echoed nearby. great that’s all I need. But the rain held off.
Water fantastic I filled another Litre now I just need a flat spot .
EXCEPT… there were none so 6.30 came and went .it was just after 7 when I said fuck it the tents going up…..
I passed several tents and men wearing their bug nets.
I think its going to be a compromise!!!.
But then yes I can get mt tent in there.
But OMG It was buggy (Mossies)
I threw up my tent.checked myself and oack for mossies then got inside dragging in my pack
It’s a zero but I was up early as chores needed to be done.
But first breakfast, they give you 50 % off so why not try.
I had the cracker barrel that was half a waffle , bacon,sausage scrambled egg and fried potatoes
It was tasty but the waiter I had was not brilliant.
Okay to town…..
I walked to where the bus stops.
There were two hot air balloons just taking off I looked around to see if there were others. But only thec two
I didn’t have to wait long for the bus .The bus starts locally and winds it’s way around the ski area under the gondolas before heading out of town but into downtown.
This is where all the shops and bars were. I got off and went to look for a barbers as I was looking a little like a scarecrow .
I found it .it’s walk in but you have to put your name on a list and wait for your name to be called.
There were about 6 people waiting but the wait was about 10 minutes so it wasnt long until I was in the chair .
The lady did a great job and tidied up my beard thank god.
Okay Post office.it was the other end but not far.
I walked in and to the counter and handed over my driving licence.
To my surprise all 3 of my boxes were here. As I had ,had automated messages saying they were being returned to sender. So I re- bounced them up the trail. I was just finishing up when Monk appeared he was posting a supply box then he was heading back.
Okay next the market as I’ve heard good things about Quiche that’s sold from one of the stalls.
But sadly when I got there they were sold out.there was one similar but it was expensive.
Okay I saw a tshirt in a stall so went back and brought it .then had a large fresh lemonade.
I sat under a tree in the park as my watch said it was 97 and it felt it.
Okay I need to resupply then laundry… but as I walked to the bus stop I passed by an ice cream shop abd walked out with a tub of huckleberry ice-cream oh it was so good .
OK bus…. I got on and began chatting to a lady from Chicago.
Then Monk got on trying to get out of town. I was supposed to get off at the walmart stop but I missed it so stayed on the bus to go around again.
Okay this time I will get off.
I went to the grocery stomp instead.i didn’t need much but still doent too much but that included lunch and dinner too.
I caught the bus back and went straight to my room.then to reception to get change and soap powder. Okay laundry is in .
Lunch time I brought a salad some ham potato salad and had a leisurely lunch washed down with sprite.
Okay next to decant my purchases .mm I have too much food. See if I can carry it.
Okay washing is drying . And so now I can relax.
Back to the trail tomorrow and heading to Wyoming whoop whoop
Determined to to make ammends for a poor day yesterday…
I pushed off and began a small climb but that soon leveled out .
I passed the remains of a carcass of some big beast then a few more yards was the skull,interesting . When I came out of the woods I was greeted with my first amazing views .
I imeaditly dropped back into the forest and began the usual chore of log jumping, but I seem low on energy due to my stomach issues.. but I kept pushing it was early and already in the high 80s . Phew once again I came to a clearing and again amazing views.
But I need to get back to my log jumping…. but omg the trail guys had been in and the amount of blowndowns was horrendous and they had cleared the lot .amazing thank you so much trail guys.
The mossies now decided they were hungry and I was lunch.
I was recommended to use a spray with picaridin in but the moment I spray myself with this they can’t wait to land on me and feast and so I’m convinced the Colorado mossies love the dam stuff so switching back to deet for the next section.
The trail was really well-marked and maintained ha ha spoke too soon its now vanished.
Okay got you,i pushed on bumping into a couple from Seattle who were hiking from steamboat to Twin lakes.Nice section. I wished them well.
I pushed on up the trail, the trail now began to dropdown into a skidoo track , which was no fun at all as it was cratered and full of rocks and so difficult to walk in so where ever possible I waked on the ridge.
OK snail water we need water. The app says in 1 miles great.
And not to disappoint there it was. I grabbed 2 liters and double filtered.( MORE cautious since becoming ill)
I also took a longish break and ate a few snacks.
Okay lets go..
I continued down the trail which was hard work before turning off. Great I thought but this trail also allows moter bikes and so new obstacles of huge puddles and deep ruts but it is what it is.
The trsil now entered another large burn area and even though it was a few years ago the acrid smell of ash hung in the air
As I hiked along I was joined by a creek ,I found the sound of it bubbling along quite therapeutic.
I followed this for several hrs before the trail split off and climbed to the right.
It started gently but it wasn’t to last and with the temperatures rising I began to melt and soon needed a another break.
At the perrfect log I dropped my pack and chilled .
God its so hot…
Okay snail let’go
I was still pushing trying to crack miles and get into steamboat .
But of course the trail began climbing ever steeper and was like a motor cross track and so once again I walked on the top where possible. I was still in the burn but was amazed at how drwaf lupins had began to populate the area in a carpet of blue.
As I pushed on I began to hear the sound of motor bikes .the sound for progressively louder until the bikers came into view.1,2
3 I stood off trail as they flew by.i kept watching so I could see where the trail went. I was just about to resume walking when a fourth biker appeared and vanished leaving a trace of burnt fuel in the air .
Think it’s now safe lol and resumed but the trail now resembled a tank training track so walking over it was a nightmare and of course it was up. Oh snd bloody hot snd in a burn area there is no shade.
I began to struggle and slurred more water. As I struggled up one hill there was another
Come on trail down or level please because of the heat I was slurping a lot of water and so will need more soon.
Great the trail is now heading down but of course steep snd because of the ruts it was a nightmare to walk down but water I can see water.
At last I dropped my pack and filled and filtered 2 litres . One I downed imeadity.wow was I that thirsty.
Okay lets go. The next few miles was a roller coaster up and down. I was quite impressed on how the bikes get up these hills.
As i struggled.
In the distance I could see a road but typically the trail goes in the opposite direction.
Bit from my app I was getting close to the trail head. From here I cross over the road and then it’s not far to town whoop.
At last I was heading down and could hear the sound of traffic.
I was getting closer and closer and at just I emerged out onto the trail head.
Now this bit is a bit hazy……
But I went to sit on a rock to take 5
The kind lady said that I staggered to the rock.went to sit down but missed and fell on the floor and didn’t get up.
So she took me to urgent care in Steamboat.
I think with the stomach issues ,pushing too hard and being dehydrated was all too much.
The Drs/ Nurses there were really great . The main Doctor looked at the meds that I brought from the UK and said ” Well they aren’t any use”
Well that’s bloody useful no wonder I’ve been so poorly.
So she prescribed the correct meds plus an extra box just in case and other meds to fix me.
So a little pricy but we’ll worth it as the issues were making my hike a misery .
So fingers crossed.
Okay I now need a bed and Steamboat is very very expensive.
I found a hotel,far more than I wanted to pay,but it’s done.
Okay quick shop for some lemonade and some yoghurt(Dr recomends)
I flagged down the free bus and set off for my hotel.
I checked in, dropped my gear.got a bucket of ice and poured a large lemonade (NO beer for 7 DAYS !!!! )
Okay shower time and wow its a great shower with good pressure and HOT water .
Okay R&R time.
I feel a lot better after speaking to the Dr and getting the correct meds.
I quickly packed up before finishing off my cup of tea.
Okay 6.30 let’s see what I can do today.
I crossed through a meadow and then the trail began to climb yes this is the Cdt. But I thought we were done with climbing.
But the trail wasn’t that steep thank god as I chugged up.
I came to my first river crosding but this time I had a substantial bridge thank you trail guys. Then 5 minutes later I crossed back over on a fairly bendy bridge but hey it was a bridge..
As I pushed on the trail became a typical assault course. So many blowdowns to navigate over or around and if it wasn’t trees then it was water to cross, so a game on trying to keep your feet dry.
The trail now decides to climb higher and steeper.why I ask my self. The obstacles keep coming and seem to be harder to navigate around too as in some sort of competition .
Grrrt and other words. .
The trail levels for 5 minutes as I exit out from the wood and into a clearing with great views of mountains all around…
Hhhmmmm I thought I had finished with climbing…. apparently NOT!!
I dropped back into the woods then almost walked into a herd of moose at first I thought it was three a female and a large bull..
I called out as not to spook them .then did a little filming
But the closer I got I could see another bull lying down . One of the females had a collar on I presume for tracking.
The big bull didn’t seem bothered with my presence but I wasn’t brave enough to walk past them.
After about 20 minutes I decided to take a large circle around them.
Just then a Israeli couple appeared . Wow moose!.
They followed me until we met back with the trail.
I let them go ahead as I knew I couldn’t keep up especially with the big climb in front of us.
But wow once I was up the views of the valley were amazing.
And over the saddle the same.
Looking down there seemed yo be two trails obnecheading down and the second that climbed up snd over the next saddle.
The second one had to be the cdt and I groaned. Before setting off ,but i was wrong. The cdt actually headed down omg really.
Wow what a change. But once again the trail was littered with blowdowns and stupid me missed a turn and carried on down into the valley before spending another half hour bushwacking back to the trail and feeling very angry with myself.
Okay back on trail and the trail began to meander off into the distance. But it was nice to hike on and I began to push.
I was obviously enjoying myself fat too much as tge trailnow began to climb spiraling ever upwards. This was followed by the loudest clap of thunder that reverberated through the valley.
This is the only warning sign you get I stooped and put on my rain jacket and pack cover.
Drops of rain began to fall then omg the rain came down in buckets accompanied by hail. I didnt know that was possible.
I quickly took shelter as best I could under a tree amd put up my umbrella for more protection
I was hoping it was only going to be a short session but the thunder kept bellowing and the rain and hail didn’t apear to let up.
After 20 minutes the rain eased enough for me to hike on .but the thunder continued. After about 15- 20 minutes it returned with vengeance and the trail soon became a river once again I took shelter under a tree.
But I was getting cold too cold.
Fuck it and this weather. I quickly scaned the area looking for a suitable spot for a tent.it will probably be a compromise .
I dashed up a small hill. Yes this do I frantically put up my tent tryo g not to get it too wet inside…Mission impossible.
I then threw every thing in before going to get water.
Once back I inflated my mat and uncle my bad and got in . Putting on my puffy at the same time as I was really cold.
Once in I fired up my stove and out on a brew .
Oh the warmth of tea…….
After this I must have nodded off as when I awoke it was 4.30 I had slept for 3 hrs..
Well no point in going on now so I lit my stove again for another cuppa.
As the boys made there way,I noticed a moose standing in the field the boys were crossing.
It seemed to be a youngish female and didn’t look at all fazed by two hikers walking through her meadow.
I followed and the moose looked at me before deciding thst I was no threat.
I should have watched where the boys went,as I shortly arrived at a largish river. I looked up stream but no way to cross with out wet feet. So splish splosh I was across only to notice a bridge on my right. Bollocks oh well.
I pushed on up the trail to the accompanying sound of thunder
Mmm think I’m going to get wet.
I should have got water!!
Next water in 2.2 miles
Oh that’s not too bad I thought.
Then the rain started.i dropped my pack and slipped on my pack cover, then my rain coat.
It was good timing as whoosh down cane the rain. I sheltered under several large trees until the rain began to ease.
Water I need water. I debated getting it from the numerous puddles that had now appeared but thought better of it.
I hiked on in the rain climbing numerous blowdowns. And there were lots.
Oh great a fairly steady stream croosed the trail
That’s perfect for me.
I filled up both bottle’s. And slung up my pack . Omg that’s heavy.
I marched on up the trail until i saw several flat spots and began to ponder. It was the bloody mossies who persuaded me to carry on .
The rain was now just spitting as I pushed on down the trail,but why are the mossies out in such numbers. The rain should have made them go-away!!
After almost an hour I spotted the perfect spot
.I dropped my pack and quickly got my tent up.
I would have liked to have sat out dide and had my cuppa but once again the mossies say NO!! LOL
Once my tent is up I sling every thing inside and quickly close up the door to stop any buzzy things getting in.
I just chilling on my bed when I see mountain goat walk by.
He stopped and put up his tent on the last downpour
Stay safe out there I say and then he’s gone.
I quickly make my tea and then I can veg and relax.
Okay I had an email from sealskinz. They have contacted FedEx and hopefully should get delivered “Soon”
But that’s not helpful. So I give FedEx a call. They assistant wants to be helpful. But the only option is to post it backwards not forwards. Which is not helpful. I was hoping they could bounce forward but no not an option.
So reluctantly I ask them to cancel the order.
Then emailed the supplier and advised them too.
Okay that’s wasted a lot of the morning.
Next task fuel .I wandered up town and found the outdoors store. In side I was amazed to find.Erica and frenza. Haven’t seen them for ages.
I grabbed fuel a new bum bag as mine was falling apart and two mountain house meals for the next section.
Okay next was the post office to send my microspikes up trail.
It wasnt that far. All done.
Now for a food shop.
Which again was near to the post office.when I arrived once again there were a few friendly faces sat outside.
I whizzed around grabbed a frozen meal for dinner. Bits to resupply and a 6 pack.
I headed back and sorted through my food.then I ate lunch a yoghurt 2 fruit jellies and a big glug of lemonade.
Okay to time to chill.
I then managed to facetime my freinds 2 families are in Cyprus and Andy back in the UK.
It was so good to catch up.
Okay beer time
Then big emergency warning flashed up on the TV about flash Floods in the area… then the rain came omg
So glad I booked a second night.
Okay veg time tv.chips and beer .
Night all heading to steamboat Springs in the morning ?
But I had a large slice of pizza left that was really good even cold.
Okay quick bit of phoning but as its July the 4th it was pointless.
But I did book a hotel just in case.
Bit pricy. But it’s Grand lake and July the 4th.
Okay lets get out of here .
I finished packing and hoisted up my pack.
I walked out and handed over my key.
Okay lets see what the day brings. I marched off down the road taking a shortcut through the gas station and onto the main road that goes to Grand lake.
I began walking up the hard shoulder looking for a suitable
spot to stand.
I then noticed an ambulance sat on the side road. I de cider to ask them a question
In side were two lady paramedics
I asked them about Giardia. The eldest of the two suggest eating a few yogurts to help put healthy bacteria into my gut.
Seemed a good answer.
I thanked them and headed up the road. Okay thumb out.
It was a busy road and it went through Grand Lake so I should quickly get a hitch……Right !!!
I watched car after car go past …
Really . After 30 minutes I thought I’d try walking so I I went holding out my thumb. But nothing really…
Well its July the 4th so mainly families I guess.
I stopped again as I was hot and took off a layer.
Again I waited for 30 minutes
But still no…..dam….
Okay im walking again with my thumb still out and still nothing.
God I thought with this amount of traffic it would be so easy
But NO !!
I kept on walking in the blazing sun, pleased I had taken more water.
I kept walking until I passed an Rv camp.
I was hot and with no shade i decided to stop. Again after 20 minutes nothing that’s almost 2.5 hrs that’s dreadful .
I was just about to hoist my pack when a pickup stopped.
A lady wound down the window.
Do you mind riding in the back ?
I dropped my pack into the back and climbed up and in
Whoop I’m on my way .
Soon I begin passing some lakes meaning Grand lake is near.
We then began to drive through town. It was busy and bustling.
The truck turned into a side street and stopped.
Perfect I was right in town and near to my hotel.
I thanked them and crossed the road. I was just passing a deli when snailtrainer
It was Rats and her boyfreind
Good to see you.
They then gave me some soap to do my laundry.
So I grabbed all my stinky stuff and shoved it into a free machine.
Okay I go check in
The hotel was only a block away .
Okay I my room is ready .
I dumped all.my gear then headed back to the laundrette.
My wash was done so I put my clothes into the dryer.
Okay all done. I headed across to the hardware store to grab fuel but they didn’t have the type I wanted. So began to wander downtown.
I was just passing the World end Brew Pub when once again I heard “Snailtrainer ” it was Kid and two new faces. A British guy called Pirate from Cambridge and xxx
I joined them ordered a beer and some chicken wings in bourbon sauce.they were bloody tasty but I was struggling to eat them so grabbed a box. I also wanted snother beer but it was just so HOT. hot sauce then appeared
We caught up.on gossip before I headed back to my room to chill with the aircon on .
I also had a quick snooze as there will be fireworks at around 10 pm
I sorted out my food bag to see what I needed and to eat any thing that needed eating.
At 10pm there was a big bang that signalled the start of the fireworks.
They were amazing and Lound as they echoed in the valley.
They went on for about 2 hrs wow so amazing . I watched from my veranda but could still hear the sounds of enjoyment,claps and whoops of the many spectators over the roar and crackles of the rockets . Well done town it was bloody amazing
When I opened my tent this morning I was surprised to see 4 other tents had joined me.
So I packed up as quietly as I could.
I was on trail by 6.30 and began a slow climb. I hadn’t gone far when I met xxxx & mouse just starting out ,i hadn’t seen them for many weeks.
I set off after them knowing i wouldn’t catch them. Then I really began to climb and climb bloody he’ll what a climb. I could see them high above me, Bloody hell its high.
The higher I climbed the more I could see down below in the valley including the noisey factory. I later found out It was a mine and they are mining magnetite a mineral that makes metal stronger.
At last I was at the top ,and wow what amazing views. The trail meandered away in the distance and A I made my way down the trail was littered with rock thst hampered my pace
In the distance I could see my fellow hikers half way up yet another climb (or large hill)
As I followed the trail I began to meet numerous day hikers. It always amazes me where they come from as they just appear.
In the distance was a large outcrop and it appeared packed with people and as I got nearer I could see at least a dozen dogs too.
High up on a hill I noticed a bunch of masts. So sat on a rock and checked if I had service.
Yes but patchy
I checked my mail.my gloves were delayed booo hisss
Note from a freind
Messages from sons
The trail now headed down of course as we are heading towards a pass. So it was down and down as i made my decent i guess I passed about another 20 people heading up this area seems a real popular placeand this was confirmed when I could see the parking lot that was packed with cars. Wow what a lot of cars.
At one end was a large wooden building.i arrived at the road and crossed over and headed for the wooden building
There were toilets so I used them and put my trash in the bin.
I was hoping for a vending machine ⁰ as I fancied a soda.
I said to a man outside you would have thought they would have vending.
Why what do you need?
A cold soda or at least something cold
How about a beer.
Good yes please.
I followed him to his truck.
And he produced an ice cold IPA.
Thank you so.much.
I found a suitable rock and enjoyed my ale.
Okay I spent the last 30 mins coming down so I guess it’s now up.
And what a up it was. I started by heading up a forestry road or rather one that services the radio masts.
Then it split onto the trail ,it began nice and level then just began to climb and climb. Infact I spent the rest of the morning climbing.
Omg I have climbed higher than the radio masts..I don’t know why I found this funny ,but I did .
But the climbs just kept coming like false summits or mountains on top of mountains.
At last i reached the summit my last one (fingers crossed)
Although I was a little disappointed ,because my climbing is so poor my millage is poor. Hopefully I can make it up going down
Can we go down please.
Phew the trail snaked off into the distance across two low hills.
Perfect..I said to nobody.
I started down but .it was fairly rocky so it was slow going .At last the trail was clear and I was away. I pounded down the trail making good pace, and felt great in the sunshine
But then I came to a huge field of rock ,in fact the whole side of the mountain was rock
The trail prople had done an amazing job of making paths through it with switch backs.
But it was slow going and after several hours I was getting fed up with it especially as the rain was threatening.
The rock paths now became steep due to snow and rock falls.
So I had to be carefully where I stepped.but then I slipped and was about to face plant the rocks
Below , luckily my poles saved me and I was amazed I didn’t snap or bend one
I long list of obscenities came fourth. F*uck it and this rock . This trail is poorly designed came the rant from my mouth.
I had had enough. I wanted to be pushing miles not tiptoeing across this rock.Arrrrrhhhh
I think I threw my toys out of the pram. As I had had enough.
Okay I need water then I’m going to throw up my tent and call it a day
The rocky pcontinued around the side of the mountain but i could hear water.
Okay I see water. I climbed down and filled up both bottle’s. Then continued down to the dirt road where the buggies were racing around earlier.
I headed towards a clump of trees just as the rain began. There were suitable spots , but I wanted to double check if there were any better ones.
I found a spot and quickly put up my tent fighting off the mossies. Bloody things.