Sunday 3rd June
I was up early as I wanted miles today and so was on the trail at 6.30. it was still misty and dark as I set off down the trail but as my watch chimed 7 it began to lighten up
I think it’s going to be a lovely day I said to myself.
The trail was good and so I could have gone on last night, but it would have taken 2 more hours and I didn’t want to get to camp that late. The trail spiralled gently down and soon I arrived at the shelter.
Sat at the table were Sunshine, Mousetrap and Peaches.
How’s your foot snail peaches asked?
It’s doing okay thanks
I visited the loo then got water.
It was then that I noticed speedy was still here. I thought you would be long gone I said.
I drank water then topped up my bladder as it was going to be a long hot day.
I hoisted my pack and set off it was flat for about 3 miles then it just shot up. I was climbing for about 2 ish hours and omg it was steep bloody steep.
At last I was at the top puffing and panting. it took me a few minutes then I was away. but it was rock, so I was being careful. then peaches and snapdragon came past I pushed on. pointless chasing them as they are all fast. seems everyone is faster than me. but I hike at my own speed and I get there. I was miles away when Mousetrap came by and vanished into the distance.
I pushed on the hours pinged by until I arrived at the 1st shelter. I decided to have lunch here and change my shirt for my vest.
I spent about 40 mins here then filled up water and attacked the trail again.
I spent a long time in the forest and with the heat of the sun , smelt divine, i emerged into some meadows and the heat hit me it so so bloody hot my watch said 90 phew.
I crossed meadow after meadow then more forest then back into meadow. As I hiked on i noticed that the grass had been recently cut several minutes later I met the man with strimmer or weed-wacker as they say out here.
Thank you so much I said as I past by.
I was then in another meadow but had to walk along planks to cross it, as I made my way across adeer shot up making me jump!
At the end of this meadow I crossed over a road and then straight back into another meadow. The sun was now scorching,I hoped that I would be I shade soon.
Phew at last another forest. I followed the trail that then dropped down to follow another river, it looked really inviting. I plodded on untill the trail ended at a road bridge. I crossed over and found the trail, a little way along I met mousetrap sat in a chair drinking a soda.
A voice said ” would like a soda.”
“Yes please” I said and grabbed one from the ice box. I quickly drained it.
“Take another, as I need to go home now.” the man said
So, I grabbed another and soon drained that too.
“Do you two need water” he asked.
“No thank you , I am fine” we said in unison.
I lifted my pack and strolled out after mousetrap.
She was fast but as I passed a small stream I noticed that there were beers in it,
I tried to catch Moustraps attentuion but she was striding away , and as i dint want to take my pack off , I could only carry one.
The next part was another 2 miles up. Fun.
it started gradually, as I wove in and out of cows, avoiding the cow pats then . through a few more meadows before the trail slimbed steeply and so I was soon puffing.
omg it was steep, an hour later I was at the top. Phew . Wow what amazing views.
I was still admiring them. When mousetrap sped by
I took off after her as this part of the trail was perfect for me.
I pushed for several hours then the trail took me past many cairns( big miles of rock.)
Some had colapsed but others stood proud like beacons.
I pushed and pushed until I came to a sign for the next shelter but as it was off trail I decided not to visit it, but pushed on.
The trail now becomes rockier and it begins to hurt my foot and I have 6 more miles to go. I carried on for another hour then took a break as my right foot was becoming hot.
I found a rock to sit on and took off my shoes and socks to air and cool my feet.I atet a couple of snacks. As i am resting a family come up the trail, although it’s not a family it’s a dozen kids who are doing trail maintenance with 2 leaders. We chat for a while then ,Sunshine appears and we chat some more .
Sunshine is unsure if she will make the next shelter.
I laugh “What with your legs, of course you will.
She then bounds off down the trail.
I sit for another 10mins before putting on my shoes and re-joining the trail.
It’s really smooth for about a mile then it goes back to rock and its hand over hand climbs , as i make over my third i see Mousetrap and Sunshine sitting and resting Wow a great spot guys i say , as there is an amazing great, so i take a few more photos. before moving on.
mileage 22 miles
Remaining 1503 Miles
Well the alarm went off early and I was getting up early really I was but I foolishly switched it off
The sun steaming through my tent woke me up bugger bugger it was only 6.30 but I wanted to make up the lost milage from yesterday
Hows the foot it all seems good phew
Thank you thank you I fired up my stove and as it did its thing I stripped down the tent.all done I wandered back to the spring and topped up my water as its 20 miles to the next.
As im getting ready to leave Carlos came by how spooky I meant to grab a photo at the pass several days ago
The trail Kama is spooky. So I grabbed s few pics of us together
I then hoisted up my pack and set off down the trail ..I was zoned out when I heard large footsteps
It was a huge Stag .beautiful full antlers but I was too slow with my camera and it bolted off.
Thr trail today was a lot of climbing but not a lot to see .great scenery though. But mainly more fog and mist
Beautiful meadows with great flowers
Ping went my watch getting closer to lunch well lunch is getting s little thin so its a long breakfast
Oh no more huckleberries i’m addicted to the things do I stopped on top of this ridge and picked two bag full they are so tasty love blueberries but huckleberries beat them.
I moved on then at last my watch pinged time to stop.
I had had a cup of berries with cereal omg its so good then some cheese and salami washed down with lemonade yummy.
I pushed on and on I was doing good especially as yesterday I struggled.
The miles were falling oh a spring I stopped and refilled with water .This meant I didn’t have to worry about stopping again. I could stop when I wanted .I pushed on it was getting late and bloody cold..the sun was still shinning but a chill was in the air
Do I need my jacket.I pushed on I wanted another hour but ill settle for the next spot.
I pushed on and on .no place here .I crossed several power lines
I could camp here but I wanted somewhere better. .At last it was like an old camp it had a drop toilet but it was full .I decided to camp nearby.
I put up my tent and relaxed
They do exsist
I felt the pain around 2am I knew what it was shit and bugger. I felt for my first aid pouch and dropped 4 vitamin I’s I hadn’t bothered getting any more nexaproxin because every thing was behaving well almost.i tried to get back to sleep but my foot throbbed and I was worried about tomorrow.
I suffer from gout it affects the joint especially in my toes. It feels like walking on broken glass..so I am normally very careful with what I eat
And my diet hasn’t changed much.
I woke at six the pain was still there bugger bugger at seven I decided I needed to move. But it was very windy and cold.I cursed myself for sending my balaclava and my woolly had to Canada .
I put on an extra layer got ready then slowly put on my shoes ouch ouch bloody OUCH and FUCK.
I didn’t do them up while I wrestled with my tent in the wind then gave up and just shoved it in my pack. Right I was ready .i put on my jacket my gloves. A scarf around my neck then tightened the laces bugger bugger this is going to be a very long painful day.i took off my pack and swallowed 4 codeine put my pack back on and tottered to the trail. It was so bloody painful I limped I shuffled I sort of hopped. I needed to make sure my right foot hit the ground flat lol Now there’s a challenge. Today was foggy and cold so nothing to see which was fine as I just wanted to concentrate on where I was putting my foot. I then heard giggles it was Freedom and Shredder who must of camped on the hill. 5 minutes later I heard the clicking of poles as they caught me up .Guys do any of you have any spare Vit I .Freedom did I took a handful from her and swallowed 6 .kill or cure!!! i explained to them what gout was Thanks guys see you up the trail. I hobbled on waiting for the meds to kick in (hopefully) I knew it was going to be a lot of climbs again and so i thought to myself ill be happy if I can get to 3pm .
I stumbled on it was the log game again I’d missed this over under over over around under and over.and to make it more exciting lets have some fog. I pushed on up it was still cold but I was warm so I stopped to remove my jacket. The trail ran just below the ridges of the mountains but you couldn’t see anything .on and on I went mainly up .The sun was doing its best to shine but the fog was winning. I suddenly became very tired may be too many meds at once. I checked my watch amazingly it was 12pm lunch.i found a spot and decided I ought to have a hot cup of tea .That did the trick and i felt much better but I did take another codeine.
I pushed on I had done 8 miles if I can do another 8 that will be fine considering..I put in my ear buds turned up the volume and went for it
Well sort of went for it as every forth step was a swear word as my foot landed wrong. But I was winning and the sun was now beginning to shine.
At 3 pm I stopped for a break checked my GPS mm mile 2360 looks good a campsite with a spring perfect..I moved on my foot still aching but I seemed to have blocked it out great for now. The miles were tumbling slowly when i emerged into a lovely meadow. There is a ski hut built here which anyone can use. So I thought I’d take s look . there were several tents in the meadow. But as I got closer a man called Robert was staying inside with his kid and several friends.You hungry he calls so I ended up staying for beans and hot-dogs
Then the boys showed me their Guns.The boys are aged from 11 to 15 and they have some scary weapons a m16 several other rifles which I cant name a glock pistol now these are serious guns and we get excited in the uk for carrying a penknife
But the kids all seem to know there stuff especially safety. Well the ammo isn’t cheap as some of the guns have magazines.Robert says if there weren’t campers in the meadow i could fire them all! !!!
I stay for one more beer but want to get in those few extra miles.So I thank them all. for showing me their “TOYS” nd for dinner. Then its back to the trail im guessing I have five more miles and of course its uphill and worse it is lined with salmon berries. Blueberries, Huckleberries and thimble berries so I’m not going that fast..I eventually drag myself away as the light is fading and I still need to set up
Eventually I find the camp j drop my pack and look for water .its s few yards away and ice cold I drink s few cupful straight down then top up my bottles.
I soon get my tent up and it’s not long before i’m drinking a hot cup of tea
Miles to go. 306 🙂
The Kids M16
Huckleberries V Blueberries
Lept out of bed fairly early and was walking up the trail by 6.45
I had the rest of the hill to do
I was fairly pleased that I stopped when I did as I couldn’t see any place to stop .Up and up I went higher and higher .there were amazing views of the valley all shrouded in mist with the tops of mountains sticking through. I then met the family I psssed yesterday who offered me more food and candy..I politely refused as I was fully laden but thanked them anyway. I pushed on through forests snd meadows. Then I turned a corner and OMG it was mount Rainer whst a gorgeous epic mountain just wow! !! I stared st it forcs while then moved on and it seemed tp to vanish it was almost an hour before it reappeared.but a better angel I took some snaps then moved on..I then met a couple who were hiking to Crater Lake we chatted a while before I moved on.then met a dad and his two young daughters who were out for the weekend I was impressed at their neat packs.
I At last came to a spring where I refilled mywater.asI was topping up Pilsbury came past I followrd her gor a while then Nija Tank appeared. .good yo see you I said as he had been ill and off trail for 5 days.
At last time for breakfast and as I sst down I noticed that the bushes were full of blueberries do I picked half a cup full to mix with my cereal yummy
As I sat munching “water melon” and Jukebox came by. Hi I said, hiya snail see you up the trail they said
I set off again the sun was now hot and my head was leaking. Phew some shade pleasde
I passed some gorgeous lakes with clear blue sparkly the water I was tempted but needed to get on .the scenery was just amazing as always but then it was time to climb .up and up but the trail seemed to quickly get busy with “tourists and day hikers” we must be nesr civilisation lol.asI climbed I met two Pct trail workers mending a bridge I told them about the deserted camp.then carried on up phew it was a climb up and up .wow more amazing views then it was down.in the distance i could see a road and more amazing mountains and peeks and a very long glacial valley.
The trail wound its way down backed by a high granite balustrade .This must be a popular place as i saw so so many families going the other way.
When I got to the rosd there was s fine wooden bridge across which read welcome to Rainer park. I crossed the bridge and made my way to the parking lot. At the far end sat watermelon .jukebox snd Pilsbury eating lunch I joined then and then chilled out for an hour before we all set off together but they were all soon in the distance. .I eventuslly caught up why they were filling up with water from a lake. Then it was another big climb .it was steep and there were many switchbacks and it was hot at last I was over the saddle. I stopped for 5 minutes. By then the other three were out of sight in the valley. The trail followed the contours of the mountsin so you could trace the trail going off into the distance
I set off after them but doubted I would catch them..In the distance I could see another ski lodge, the runs and the chair lifts but no snow. As I chugged up another pass I could see the guys resting. Snail there is cell service Pilsbury said. funny there always is near a ski center.So I posted a few bits on Fb.it was now 5pm my feet were killing me especially my right foot today. The guys wanted to do 7 more miles 5 would do me as it was all climbs today. So I my see you in seven but I doubt it.
I set off again after taking some painkillers but more slowly as my right foot was so sore No reason for it to be painful. I plodded on then it began to get really cold brrr I crossed another saddle and it got colder still. No good i put on my jacket almost 2 miles to go till water come on snail
At last water and just behind some trees were the guys. they were having dinner then moving on. I filled up with water then said im camping in the next mile .I plodded on down the road looking for the camp spot .then I spied a tent great I walked in to the trees and set up my tent. I then said hi to the other tent .It happened to be tartan which made me laugh.
We ate supper together but it was getting colder so I went to snuggle in my tent
326 miles to go
There was about 10 hikers sleeping together in Jeff loft. But it was comfortable and warm. Some hikers planed on getting back on the trail first thing, others were going shopping first others taking a zero. I emerged from my cosy bag about 8.am Jeff made coffee which was the best that I had tried since being in the US, there were also pastries too yummy. I had planned to chill today rest my foot and hopefully re-join the trail tomorrow. At 9.30 Jeff announced he was doing a town run. I needed some fruit, postcards and some lunch so jumped in the truck. Pickup to come back was 12pm so plenty of time. There were many hikers milling around the town. I did the grocery shop first. Fruit, bread and meat for lunch. A beer for later, postcards, few energy bars…Done. Whilst writing my cards I heard a familiar voice it was Kevin the Canadian that I started with all those weeks ago. It was good to catch up his trail name is now “Early Bee”. He glazed at my foot and said that needs to be looked at I know I said. I asked in the shop if there was a Dr in the town.
The answer was no, but try the fire station! .so off I wandered to the fire station. Wow they have some kit (Boys moment) they had a paramedic there who looked at it and agreed that I needed some antibiotics. He then gave me the address of a Dr in the next town…i rang the Dr but no they wouldn’t see me .i had to go to the emergency centre in an even further town. Omg!!
I waited for Jeff to arrive and explained the situation. Jeff phoned around as the emergency centre was miles away. In the end we decided to drive to the next town and wing it. The first Dr I couldn’t even get past reception. The next said they couldn’t see me till lunchtime tomorrow. But it’s just my toe I pleaded. I’m a PCT hiker I just need some antibiotics. Hold on sir! She said and she disappeared .Okay sir the Dr will see you that’s $65 OKAY.
YES YES that’s fine I said then I then had to fill in 4 forms before being seen by the triage nurse then the Dr He was concerned that I may have broken it .but he gave me two prescriptions for antibiotics. Thank you so much Jeff for driving me around thank you thank you.so at last back to Jeff’s. Made my sandwich. Drank a beer washed my clothes and relaxed so now I feel so much happier hope to be back on the trail by 11am tomorrow
Slept well some condensation on my tent perhaps due to camping by the river! Woke up early and was packed and ready to walk. I was surprised to see several naked hikers still in the hot pools.
The walk started nicely then I began to climb god my pack seems heavy too much water. But I might need it. Again the trail followed the river course far below. It was a lovely. Morning and I soon realised I had on too many layers. The views this morning were fantastic as the sun was breaking. On I strolled several hrs later my toe was complain normally the pain stops after an hour. Mmmm I stop soon. But no I ploughed on and on till I reached Mojave dam. I’ll stop there and take a break. I crossed the river by jumping across . On the other side was cheese snake good to see you snail he said then he wandered off up the trail. Then out came the tyvek and off came the boots. Mr Toe didn’t look good. But he was great yesterday! .maybe the hot pool wasn’t so good. I sat there not sure what to do. I bathed it squirted antiseptic on it and stared at it. In all honesty it possibly needs some antibiotics. Then Missred arrived and after some discussion with her I decided I would take next exit and try to hitch to Wrightwood and rest it. That is the plan, so I stumbled on (toe was feeling better) as I crossed a small road there was a man there in a small motor home his name Coppertone I explained about my toe and he suggested that I could take this road . So off I went,it was about 30 minutes to I got to the main road .I dropped my pack then stood and waited and waited and waited Zzzzz. 3 hrs later and I have a ride, He dropped me at Cajun pass whoop. I walked up the road to the garage to finish the journey. And I waited only an hr and I have a ride and he drops me outside the post office. But first is a visit to the hardware store to sign the hiker register. I also wrote down the names of people who may have some where for me to stay then time for a beer.
Okay a place to stay I rang all the names and left my number. Now the post office, do you have a package for me? The lady went away and then came back empty handed. It may be in tomorrow.
Bugger oh well. I went outside and sat on a rock to think. Two seconds later a young girl came running out. They have found your package. Oh brill. I emerged from the post office with my boots. I sat again on my rock and opened the box, my shinny boots plus omg all the other stuff that I had thrown in in a panic.
I took what I needed. Sent my old boots up the trail just in case. Then posted the other spare items to another location. Now I was feeling a lot better so went for lunch/supper. A grizzly burger, yummy. Right I need a place to stay plus it’s getting cold. I came across another hiker sat outside the hardware store. Have you got anywhere to stay?
He said a lady was ringing him back.
I tried a number that he had written down and Jack answered. Yep I can fit you in great. Jack arrived 30 mind later. Do you have room for one more?
Of course but it will be tight so jump in When I arrive there are 9 hikers 4 I know others are new. After a shower I just chill others go out for food and come back with enormous pizzas. So I get a few slices. Bed now zzzz
Bridge over Deep Creek
Follow that Trail
6th May 2014
Hurrah yes I chose a good site last night. The wind howled high above but the tent wasn’t affected so I slept well.
I had set my alarm for 5 am wishful thinking! Get up get up it played snooze.snooze.It was too warm and cosy in my tent. Then 6 came along I had better move so broke camp but then decided to have a hot chocolate.
Then I’m on my way. Through forest to begin with following a bubbling stream. Then I climbed higher and following the contours of the hill. All around the clouds looked menacing. And you could no longer see the tops of the mountains. ..Mm my rain jacket is at the bottom of my pack. I walked on. I was back into the forest again love the smell of pine and it’s just so pretty .Then began the game of leap the tree it’s a fab game sometimes you can play go under and in extreme cases you have to go around, but most of today’s were climb over. Ahead was “miss red”. We said our hellos and then I followed her up the trail. I was just about to cross a stream when I tripped and face planted a rock. I lay in a heap stunned. I think I was lucky that I was wearing my “Staples” beanie as it took some of the impact. But I still received a gash to the head. I crossed the stream unsteadily then sat down seeing stars for 5 minutes before stumbling on. Soon I was backup to speed, but it was cold today and I wished that I had another layer on Come on out Sun
my watch pinged 12 pm. Time for lunch , good I need a rest tortillas with peanut butter and cheese yummy followed by Cheese biscuits and power bar. I was just chilling when Dan cruised up and joined me. The PCT is something he has wanted to do as a child and he’s fulfilling it… I walked on, today’s trail was kind and the miles were flying by. The rest of the day I followed the River that wound its way down the canyon many feet below whoop whoop whoop 300 miles yeah or just over 10% the way there lol Come on Snail. Then I did an amazing thing a first for me…I overtook two people bo-peep and Colonel Mustard. I was flying, later as I was taking a break Missred came by hey how did I pass you? I said. We walked together for some miles. It helps as you pull each other along and soon we only had 2 miles to go to reach Hot Springs my target for today and there it was. I dropped my pack took off my boots and soaked my weary feet in one of the hot pools Heaven! Time to put my tent up then I went to the bigger pool which was full of naked some quite attractive :0) So I joined them, Its bloody amazing lying in the pool of hot water in the middle of nowhere watching the clouds and fantastic scenery. This was my 3rd wash lol I soaked for an hour, it was just so relaxing now I know why people like hot tubs. Then streaked back to my tent and into warm clothes. Next came the chore of filtering water I did 3 liters. Then cooked tea cheesy pasta with broccoli rather scrummy and cuppa tea. Let’s hope the trail is kind tomorrow.
Follow that trail
3rd May 2014
Woke up early. But was to snuggly to get up. Finally I emerged from my tent at 6 am, was packed and on the trail by 7. Today felt good at I started on the trail. Today was going to be a good day; 0).The trail started in forest so shielding me from the sun which is already 76° .I was also at 8200 metres? As I walked on. I was Soon caught by “2 Close and his girlfriend “Short step ” normally I would of fallen behind but he was a great talker like me and he seemed to pull me along in fact in 3 hrs we had covered 7 miles .I was rather impressed.. They stopped for a break, but I carried on. I knew they would soon catch me. The terrain was perfect undulating with the odd climb oh and of course the tree vault, climb manoeuvre. Again I Lost count at about 12. Halfway through the day I came across loads of cages and into two were bears. I believe the owner uses them for TV but they didn’t look happy. I was really enjoying today’s hike think the trees help. Then Darwin passed me and he was gone he has long legs lol .I walked on stopping now and then to take a photos. The scenery is just breath-taking. .Halfway up a hill I saw Dan sat under a huge tree taking 10.
Good plan I will walk another hour then take lunch or where there is shade. At last I dropped my pack. Unrolled my Tyvek and had lunch. Food bag almost empty now. But resupply in Big Bear Lake tomorrow whoop. Just eating when “2 close & short step” came past closely followed by Dan then miss red
I took an hour here before walking again. About a mile up the trail there was a cache of water whoop.so I came led up then walked on. I was now in pine woods the aroma was lovely. Then as I came out of a clearing “Trail magic” In a large dumpster. There was a huge selection of sodas, biscuits. Fruit etc. I’m just amazed when I come across these. I took a couple of sodas and orange and a apple and shared some strawberry biscuits with a fellow Hiker. I felt so good I almost ran. Today was a good day. Back into the forests and the miles were flying by. I stopped by a stream and refilled my water. I was carrying 4 litres and felt good. I walked on and eventually came to all my new friends. Darwin miss red 2 close and short step
they were camped by a stream. I was going to join them. But I felt good with fuel in the tank (this is normally a BIG mistake) but I was feeling great. .so I walked on and on and on, I was on a mission then great a flat spot .that will do so tent up tea eaten and relax
So 21 miles today whoop whoop so not far to Big Bear tomorrow Yeah
I slept like a log, too good in fact as I didn’t wake up till 6.30.grr by the time I had broken camp then filtered water it was gone seven .I was hoping to be on the trail by 5.30/6 .As today’s section was 14 miles up↑. The trail started sedately and I followed the river for several hours crossing backwards and forwards. But I was struggling my pack should be lighter less food, but it was a slog my little toe was screaming at me as the temperature rose up to 66°..I was beat and looked for shade and id hardly gone anywhere.
I dozed in the shade for 40 minutes until the ants woke me up. .Off again god its even hotter maybe I shouldn’t of stopped! plod plod. Several hikers whizzed by me shouting out their trail names, come on Snailtrainer you can do this. The trail wound its way around the canyon, edging ever higher. It’s no good I need to rest again already. . I was looking for some tree as I needed some shade but the trail was surrounded by Poodle bush. It’s like the British stinging nettle but far worse and I’m in shorts so I pushed on for about an hour. I past several other hikers resting from the sun. Well it now 80°.I would have liked to join them but I had recently stopped and needed more miles. This was a steep bit two snakes whizzed by I’m told that they were racer snakes. Good!!!
Then the trail climbed and I lost count of how many fallen trees I had to clamber over under or around. At last I was at the top. Or rather the top of this one. A fellow hiker told me that all below was once forests. But it had been badly burnt. I turned to see the next hill (mountain) that I needed to climb. Here we go, down to begin with then another climb. I marched on then spotted a perfect tree, shade time for Lunch I lay out my Tyvek and made lunch ,I scoffed tortillas with peanut butter mmmm I’m getting the taste. After lunch I slept for an hour .Then here I go the last stint of the day. But my feet were leaden and my calf’s ached. But I plodded on, about an hour later I came across 5 Hikers filtering water. It was a great place under huge redwoods. I decided to cook supper as there was water to wash up with. Then another hiker appeared, He had run 1.5 miles up the trail then back to see if the next camp was better. Bloody amazing .Yes it great he said you coming Snail?
I will be there as soon as I can. And watched them go. God it was steep and 5 more trees to navigate around. But yes camp site was good. And there was a spring there for fresh water whoop. So I refilled my water washed my socks pants and top. One more hot chocolate then bed millage today 12 rubbish
Typical Fallen Tree
Woke early. Dressed and packed and on the trail by 6.30 that’s good. This is going to be a good day. But omg the first climb almost finished me off. I’m sure a lady in her zimmer could of beaten me.I thought by week 2 that I would of been fitter and stronger by now!..Once at the ridge wow what a fantastic view. Then time to go down. And the sun is just rising. Go a be hot..my first destination was white water river for water. The trail meandered away.then out on to beautiful grassland with his all around very much sound of music.then time to have up at the top and wow every view here is just amazing in the back are the black hills . stunning. On I go then in the distance could that be a river? .down I go. Not too fast could go over the edge! !.i am zig zagging down ( switch backs).down and down. Then the trail flattens out ….where is that water. At last and the water is white or rather grey with sediment. I normally bleach my water but this will need filtering.i filter 4 litres. Then time for lunch tortillas spread with peanut butter and fresh onion yummy. Then a fresh orange mmmm. .just then a fellow hiker arrived
Threw down his pack and was asleep.I would have liked to have stayed longer but I needed to leave. Boy it’s hot.the trail starts on a nice sandy path gently sloping. As I walk I notice several small birds.oh they are humming birds
I stop and watch for a while totally fascinated. Also today is. Caterpillar day they are everywhere huge things. Orange head. And tail with a spike.black body with yellow lines.
1 Fox or parie Dog
3 snakes 1 x rattler 2 other
4 horny toads
3 Humming. Birds
Oh by the way my right foot is still killing me. Left foot good
So now the trail is heading up.from low down you can’t see where it goes so it’s always a. Supprise. God I’m high. You can see for miles then I’m at the top on the ridge. Again. Wow I sit down and just admire the view. STUNNING.
The trail runs along the ridge giving you 360 views all around. Then it’s time to go down again zig zagging across the face of the mountain.as I decendeding I can. See another river in the valley . slowly it comes into view but then is hidden by the trail .I follow the sandy path until I. Can see about. 6 hikers sheltering under the trees from the sun.
The river here is much cleaner. I refill my water and doze.thrre is K2. Tuck and several others. Then they were gone off to do another 9 miles wow!
I was hoping for maybe 4.but as I set off again. I knew I was almost done. I did another hour and half then looked for camp.that will do.Savory rice tonight yummy and two cups of tea
16 miles today (229)
White water River