Going Home

I was in no hurry to get up so lay their dozing staring at the roof of the top bunk above me

My roommate  Don had got up early and gone for a stroll, suddenly I was awoken by an early morning text!!!!
“Your transaction for your Virgin Airline Ticket has been declined “
WTF!!! I phoned the number and spoke to Virgin “Sorry sir your card has been declined”
I asked if she could run it again , “sorry sir” I knew I was low on cash but was sure that I had enough to pay for my ticket.
I was now wide awake!!! PANIC, I was going to be at the airport in less than 5 hours and no ticket.
I frantically swapped my sim over to my Uk Sim and phoned my bank, I was on hold for 30 minutes , god knows how much that cost me. It turned out that it was the banks fault, they had blocked my card for some reason even though I had told them of my journey and where I would be (so to prevent this type of problem )
Sorry sir I don’t know why this happened! Great thank you .I quickly hung up and phoned Virgin to retry obtaining my ticket, the last one available !!
Thank god my payment was accepted and an electronic ticket appeared in my G-mail account, I was good to go OMG what a relief.
At that moment my roommate appeared, I explained what had just happened. I was now ready for breakfast so we headed to downtown Vancouver to see what we could find. WE walked into a small café and ordered two full breakfast’s then set about devouring them. WE both then had chores to do. Don wanted the Post office and I wanted a haircut. We walked to the post office together, I brought some stamps for some postcards then headed off to find a barbers shop .
It didn’t take me long and I was soon sat in the chair and being made “Normal again” ready for my flight home. Yes I look rather handsome lol .I then made myself back to the hostel.
I gathered my stuff and had one last sort. Fingers crossed I can get this on the plane!
Don my roommate then reappeared. Fancy one last beer I asked?
Why of course snail so we headed back to the bar that we found last night.
WE enjoyed one last ale together then said our goodbyes. He headed back out to do some more shopping. I had too much time to waste so enjoyed two more pints before heading back to the hostel to get my gear.
OMG it’s so bloody heavy, luckily it wasn’t far to the Sky train but even so struggled with the massive Transporter thrown across my shoulder and my smaller pack that I was also trying to carry
A last I was on the platform awaiting the sky train. This is an unmanned train similar to London’s underground nut much nicer clearer and efficient.
I was soon stepping off and I was at the airport a step closer to going home
I was early but I was here. I chilled out brought a few gifts for my friends and family. I felt a bit mean as I just couldn’t carry a lot of stuff. At last I checked in went through the farce of being x-rayed (I thought London was bad this was a shambles)
But at last I emerged into the departure lounge YES!!!
I enjoyed a last Canadian Ale then treated myself to a Mojito my traditional end of “Trip” drink.
Then it was time to board I AM GOING HOME!!!
Thanks again to the amazing friends I have made, walked with and enjoyed the most amazing trip with
Thank you all again everybody

a fellow  hiker carried out a photo study on some of us hikers  here is the link to his website  enjoy

Pacific Crest trail Hiker trash



Day 150 Canada day 3

Never too early for beer

10TH September
couldn’t really sleep over excited too much stuff in my brain god knows
I woke at 6.30 trail time lol and dozed before getting up for a wee and coffee
Looked at all the stuff that covered the floor there was still too much
How do I get this stuff home I got up and dressed drank my coffee then resorted the mess on the floor into stuff .Do I needed all this crap
Then filled my second pack Result!!!
I did a quick sweep of my room, Put on my smaller pack before hauling my huge pack up and onto my shoulder before staggering out of the hostel And across the road to the lodge
I tried to catch up with my blog but it was slow ,So I went for breakfast instead
The whole gang was there so I joined them I ordered hash and bacon and a beer
Sorry sir no beer till 11am
The whole gang chimed in with WHAT! No BEER FOR SNAIL LOL
so coffee instead lol
I woofed that then brought snacks for the 3 hour bus ride
The bus was due at 10 am sharp but the receptionist said its always late
We all mingled about outside, Then I suggested a photo shoot Great idea snail
Then Bowie magically a 6 pack but sadly not one left for me but then Dirtmonger produced another 6 pack which poured down so easily lol
Then we waited and waited and brought more beer and more beer and more photos and more beer
At last the bus arrived 2 hours late !!
we all filed in and found seats it was going to be a long long bus ride and unusually for a greyhound No air-con so as the hours ticked by the heat increased and so at every stop we filed off for fresh air and to stretch our legs
At last the bus cruised into the station I was in Vancouver whoop and nearer to home
I staggered through the station with my oversized pack looking for directions to the Hostel as I sat resting my arm before the next stagger XXXX joined me and we thought we could split a room we found the Hostel and booked in ,.Phew we chilled out for a while before going out for a beer
we came across a Pub and began sampling their ales Wow they had London pride !!
I had fish and chips which was really tasty and another IPA before heading back
Tomorrow I was flying home Yeah

We hiked the PCT Whoop
Fish and Chips
Off to Vancouver

Day 149 Canada Day 2

Boys In canada
Boys In canada

9th September
I slept so well oh my god I’ve done it.. Whoop whoop yes I’ve Completed the PCT
I still can’t believe what I have achieved from the chubby chap with the enormous pack to the slim bloke with a big pack of today
I lay in my tent not really knowing what to do.
Well let’s start with tea. bugger my water bladder had leaked in the night ,Due to me not putting the lid on properly so a quick mop up then tea
I then emerged into a warm Canadian sun and began to pack up other hikers were doing the same
Then Da-vinchi appeared and I drank more tea with him before Foxxy emerged
It was weird and sad saying goodbye to my new friends. But I wasn’t quite finished I still needed to get to manning Park. So after several lengthy goodbye hugs I hoisted my pack onto my back and strolled off down the trail. Crossed my first bridge then battled through an assault course of a trail,
Not sure why but I began to fly down the trail and in three hours was standing at the highway
I turned right and walked to the lodge I was at Manning Park
Fingers crossed my packages were there. Yes YES YES WHOOP and there was Early Bee fantastic
I booked in at the hostel and Early Bees Brother in law carried my large box for me.
I opened the boxes and thought Christ how am I getting all of this home I packed and unpacked till at last my pack was in its transporter
Now hopefully the rest will fit in my other pack and fingers crossed I can get it on as hand luggage
Job accomplished I jumped into the shower then attacked my beard with some scissors before attempting to use a razor wow what a handsome chap
Next I went to see if I could sort my flight. The nice receptionist let me use her phone but I felt embarrassed as I was on hold for 30 minutes. But hurrah flight done bit expensive but I’m going home
Dinner and a beer next. I joined early bee and his family and had two meals as I was ravenous. As we ate, a stream of other hikers arrived Bowie. Mr President. Brunch etc
I finished up and went to the lodge to email and do Fb and book my greyhound bus ride to Vancouver in the morning
Phew soon be home.
I fancied a couple of beers but the shop was now shut so I wandered back to my room.
I was too excited to sleep so I sat in the lounge and flicked through the TV, watched some of the cycling and had a coffee followed by a hot chocolate before hitting the sack