Day 94 Leaving Delaware Water Gap Pennsylvania New Jersey Border

Saturday 19th July   (14th July)

I slept well in my bunk although I was cold. I didn’t bother with my bag as I expected it to be too hot. my mistake. My alarm we t off at the usual time I silenced it then dozed. Soon other people began to move about so I took this as my que to get up. I stuffed my gear I to my pack . I will sort that later Ha!.

I then dragged my bag outside so as not to disturb the other sleeping hikers. Out side sat around a table was granite gear, Hills, sunshine and Strider. I pulled up a chair whilst I put on my new “Dirty Girl Gators” then socks and shoes. Then I drank my spare bottle of lemonade. Okay nearly ready . this stretch is going to be low water so I grabbed another liter just in case. the father & Daughter team headed off . I was hoping to beat them, oh well.

I’m.ready I said good bye to the group’s slung my pack onto my back and headed Out of the church.

The trail headed Out of. town then across the bridge which spans the Delaware. 3/ 4 across and I crossed into New Jersey whoop whoop good bye Rocksavania.

Although I knew I would still have to cross a few more miles of rock. .

Once across the bridge the trail followed the river . past several park centres which was lucky as I needed the loo.

the trail eventually crossed under the main road before entering another park and the climb.

the paths were good almost ashfelt so easy to walk on as it spiralled higher and higher . on a small side trail I noticed many stone cairns do went and has a closer look before returning to the trail and my climb. It was several.hours before it began to flatten out. and then sat at the top where the father anddaughter team . I nodded and carried on. I then met a couple walking their dog followed by a day higher who saw a bear and was scared.

My next landmark was a huge glacial lake which is one of new jerseys top landmarks.

the trail decided to go around the edge but once again it was scrambling over boulders. I slipped and almost snapped a pole. so had to had a word with myself. so continued .more slowly. By the time I had followed the lake the sun was now doing it’s best to melt me, god it was hot and I was in the shade. Thank God I was in the shade but now and then I came to a clearing normally for pylons to cross. Wow what a view first of New Jersey.

I pushed on trying to get miles in before the sun became unbearable . it wasn’t lo omg until I came to another clearing but this one was much better with almost 360° views .I stopped and took it all in before continuing. I hadn’t gone far till my foot caught rock sending me crashing to the ground. Fuck fuck I said as I lay there in a heap. Nothing damaged thank god. I struggled up it was 11.30 okay I take that as a sign for lunch.. I found a rock to sit on and dropped my pack . As I rested several day hikers came past the other way . then three hikers I hadn’t seen in a while. .The commander, Russ and Springer although they were getting off trail later today. as I chatted to then Father and daughter team came past.

I set off again running into about 12 girl scouts I chatted for 5 minutes before continuing on . The sun was getting even hotter and I was spending more time in the sun than the shade and I was melting and drinking my water fast. At last I began to decend and arrived at a bridge over a stream . I didn’t like the look of the water. and there was a spring in 2 miles I can wait.

As I got closer to the road Others were signs pointing to the Mohican Outdoor Center. nut it was .3 miles making .6 in total .As I decided whether to go or not 2 other hikers came down the road from there. it’s good Snail but expensive.

So I hiked on and up and into the roasting sun . But again once up the view were stunning . I had to keep stopping to stare . I urged my self on and began to approach a fire tower. it slowly got nearer until I was there. Day in the shade nearby was Happy feet and Bob Narly. Hi guys I said and sat with them for 5.
The fireman is in the tower and you can go up if you want. I gazed up at the tower and said I’d love too but I want to push on as it’s hot.

It’s been hot or rather dry for a while as all the bushes at the side of the trail are shrivilling up and dying. also so are the leaves on the trees. It looks like it needs a few days of rain . Preferably in the night . Although I don’t mind in the day if it cools things down.

Once past the tower the trail follows the fire road making it easy to walk .

At last I heard water . and found the spring I guzzeld down a litre then filled both bottles.Its a bit early but this heat just saps my energy so if I it I can camp now.

okay whats the time . and where do I want to be
I was shooting for 1315 so I should be there by six. Yes I can do that as it’s only 4 pm.
I pushed on and soon arrived at a large lake, again the trail likes to take you aground the edge. as I nearer the car park I could see and hear dozens of people in and around the lake.
It would of been so easy to drop my pack and jump straight in…. But no I carried on walking. I’m here in at the target . but I still felt good and it was still only 5.30 okay I said to myself I will walk to 6 then look. So I carried on down the trail Ping went my watch 6 pm okay snail… I took several.more steps left was the perfect spot.

I soon had my tent up and was eased when Happy feet and Bob Narly passed by they must of stopped for water but as usual i had plenty. I quickly boiled water then sat in my chair relaxing with a nice cuppa

Start 1294.7
Finish 1316.9
Miles 22.2



Day 93 Heading to Water Gap

I was all ready up when a hiker came past my tent. okay I need to get going .I was on the trail by 7am and back to my Friend’s the Rocks. I stumbled and tripped my way along passing several other hikers who were breaking camp. I knew that it wouldn’t being until they raced by me.

And yes it wasn’t long before strider came past and he was almost jogging !!

The morning was fairly uneventful rocks rocks and more rocks. But I pushed on as it was beginning to get hot. I began to meet several day hikers . a grandad with his grandchildren.

I began to hear cars and began to drop down , I crossed the road where the sign said .6 to the shelter. I decided that it stop there for a break.

I followed the blue blaze and the shelter appeared. I grabbed the book and signed in then relaxed and ate some snacks .

I was still chilling when Hills arrived and then went to get water. . When he reappeared I asked what it was like.

It’s good Snail it’s fresh water . so I imeaditly chugged a litre ad went and filled up again.

Time to hike .I hoisted my pack and set off down the trail I was imeaditly in a large open.pmane with great views . a great place to camp.

After several small ups and downs I was on a dirt road and was a me to increase my speed as there were no rocks . i followed it for several miles untill it ended at a substation .

Then itvwas back to the Rocks but I was heading down . lots of the ants were dying probs from.lack of water . I passed through several Rhodadendrum tunnels before dropping down into the forest.

now I was spiralling down and could see the sprawling river below. Finally i emerged out by a huge lake covered with water lillies . then I was in the town I saw the pub /bar but walked a little further to the church . which is donation.

Happy feet & Bob Narly are here I chat to them then chill.

they are going to Wal-Mart so I give them a list meaning I can’t spend too much .

While they are gone I relaxed in the sun and rested my foot.

As I resting. Granite Gear, followed by Sunshine and Moustrap appear . how did you beat us ?

Getting up early and pushing the miles. Although I wasn’t that far in front of them . and they take longer breaks than me. The Church was now full so they went to put up their tents on the grass behind the church. Then the Father and daughter team team arrived .

Im glad I was I front of them

HAPPY feet soon returned and great she had every thing on my list and I onlybowed her 4 bucks. bargain. so grabbed my lemonade and ice cream and sat outside to devour it

When that was accomplished

I sorted out my food then took a shower and had a shave. then the Invisible man and myself went out for a pizza and beer as we can’t drink at the church.

But we weren’t late as j wanted a fairly early night and a good start in the morning.

Start. 1280.4
Finish 1294.7
Miles. 14.3

Day 91 Heading to Palmerton and Sunny Rest Resort

Wed 11th July

It was a slow getaway but I was on trail by 6.45..
The trail started as it ended yesterday Rock and more rock.
again it’s the small pointy ones that hurt most. I cautiously crossed rock field after rock field . and after 2 hours I had had enough of the rock .Suddenly the rock turned into lovely path and then i arrived at the first shelter. I walked down to have a nose and take a 5 minute break or basically rest my foot. I had a few snacks wrote in the book then continued on my way.

The rocks had gone and in.its place was a lovely trail and so I was able to push . it was fairly smooth for several miles.

In the distance I could hear traffic and shortly I exited onto a busy road. crossed over and continued on my way . I pushed on for several more hours as I wanted to get to the second shelter as I needed water.

The water here was miles away and down another trail

But as I needed water I dropped my pack and went to get water.

Start. 1218.9

Day 90 Leaving Port Clinton to Dans Spring

Tuesday 10th July

The alarm was buzzing I silenced it. . I looked around the pavilion no one was moving. Slowly I u did the stopper bed and began to finish packing up..
It was 6 30 when I left the pavilion but I’m off trail. I walked along the road heading back towards the fire station .
Once there I blindly loomed aground …where is the bloody trail. I did a complete circuit of the fire station . It has this way and headed down a side road and yes , hidden from.view was a blaze.

Once on the followed the river before ducking under the road bridge then up across a service road and then the climb.
I had been told that it’s not as bad as the down into town. as I began climbing I startled a sleeping deer who looked at me disgustingly got up and walked away.
It took about an hour before I hit the summit and rocks.
My foot was killing me, i had bruised the sole and I think a return of gout but in my left foot.. Fantastic.
I began clambering over rocks before seeing several tents , maybe I should have done a few miles yesterday i thought but quickly banished that idea when I slid on my arse.. I got up saying a few obscenities and moved on . The father and daughter team came past me . I must remember their names. We chatted about my haircut and how long it had taken then they are gone. I must be slow today as they don’t usually catch me

On well. I pushed on and on… The rocks gradually began to annoy me and hurt my foot so my pace slowed even more..But I’m.not in a hurry , but feel.i should be faster. But when ibtry I stumble and trip and get more annoyed so this is my pace. After several more climbs I emerged to a look out with amazing views over Pennsylvania. I paused and enjoyed the view. I was just about to leave when Tree Hugger and Santiago appeared we exchanged the usual verbal abuse .

tree Hugger. said you got crap for a few more miles then 5 miles of flat . Great I said. Then we both went off in our separate directions..
I pushed on until I needed to stop for water. It was a lovely cold spring so didn’t filter. Whilst here I decided to take lunch too.
It was a great spot and I didn’t really want to move but I had too.
Okay Snail where do you want to go …
The next water was in 6 miles up a steep hill and the shelter was another 3 giving me 22 miles

I can do that.. so pushed on, several hours later I emerged onto a road . there was a sign saying shelter, but did not want to visit it .
As i sat deciding a large rattle snake decided to cross the road as I watched another hiker appeared
He then convinced me that he hostel was worth a visit. so headed the 100 yards down the road.There were several other hikers there. I dropped my pack a d went to use the loo. Whilst there I also took a shower

so wrote in the log and we just about to leave when thee caretaker offered me a beer.

Once that was gone I slung on my pack and set off.
It was flat for the first mile then the climb. it was steep it was hot my pack was heavy .
omg I puffed and panted and was soon at the top only to be greeted with rock. lots of rock.rock every where .It killed my feet as I hobbled over it . God I hate this rock . At this rate I wouldn’t make the shelter. in fact I didn’t care . get water and camp up. after 2 hours I came to the spring .

It was down a very steep trail. I dumped my pack grabbed a bottle and sliped and slides down the hill. The water was good a d soon filled up my bottles. At me climb up was fun but I soon was reunited with my pack. I walked a few more yards and noticed a camp spot.
Yup that will do me. I soon had my tent up and tea cooking Night all

Start. 1185
Finish 1218.9
Miles 18.

Day 89 zero in port Clinton

Monday 9th July
I heard several other hikers moving around at 6 am but I had chores to do so there was no hurry. at 8 am I got up for the customary see but as I was in public, I wandered over to the porta Potty.
I then returned to my bed. and was dozing when several ladies appeared bringing in food.
There’s going to be coffee and eggs one of the ladies announced.
so, I got up . and walked over to where they were setting up.
There was indeed bacon . boiled eggs and a sort of omelette that was so tasty. I also had coffee. then the ladies brought around juices . and bagels . then insisted that we have more .
Well that was unexpected and really nice .
Okay haircut time .I walked to the barber’s carrying my old poles and bits that I wanted to post.
I walked into the barber’s and was amazed it was like Aladdin’s cave. filled with memorabilia and brick a brack and all the chairs where rocking chairs
There was a man having his hair cut so good I will be next then I can get on
But No.
Once the man had paid .The barber began doing other stuff.
Then he looked at me . and asked do you want your hair cut?
Well yes, I do .

A few minutes he said and began to fill cases with silver coins and other trinkets .
Get yourself a coffee and pastry, there are cookies there and relax
Then the father and daughter hikers arrived but they just wanted a lift. One of my customers will take you just relax.
Almost 40 minutes later he’s ready for me, but as he starts to cut my hair, he keeps having conversations with everyone as the shop gradually fills up.
Then 2 more members of staff arrive and again he starts to cut my hair then wanders off to chat to more customers .
I’m still sat in the chair when noproblama arrives, but only to charge his phone

omg a 45-minute hair cut but it did look good. I pay and go to retrieve my phone and noproblama laughs at the amount of time that it took .
Yes, I said as I need to get to the post office.
Snail it doesn’t open until 12.30 ,!!
Really, I say . bugger ,I was hoping to head straight back out well after tree hugger gets in
I grab a chair and continue begin to charge my phone whilst editing video
Tree hugger appears .
“Snail is this yours”.  he says passing me my puffy that I had left in the last motel. Thank you so much, I really appreciate it thanks again .

I grab a photo of us and me in the chair.
Tree Hugger decides to get his hair cut , I say my goodbyes as he is staying in a hotel in the next town.
I walk to the Post office,hand over my I’d “There should be a couple of packages for me.
He comes back with 4 packages ,my new poles, new tips, new socks and a case for my phone.
When i had finished sorting gear I wander back to the pavilion. I put the new ends into my poles before sorting out my other gear . The case for my phone is good but the glass is the wrong size and it’s not worth returning it. oh well my mistake.

After some planing i drink a few beers left from yesterday before deciding that as my foot is still painful  i will take another Zero and rest it.
There appears that several other hikers are resting so decide to grab forty winks with my foot elevated.
At 5 pm Robin hood decides to go for food
Where are you going, I asked
To the Hotel snail?
” I don’t think they open on a Monday, but the fire station club is, and they do snacks and cheap beer” i say
“You fancy coming Snail?
“Yeah why not .
On the way to town  we decide to check  on the Hotel., but  it as we approach a lady shouts out
“They are closed on a Monday”
We arrive at the fire station and push the bell. when the light goes orange, we can open the door and can enter.
As its a private club we have to be signed in so ask several patrons if they would mind signing us in then we can order beer.
The local ale is Yuengling and is served in frosted glasses.

I ordered some food , which I soon dispose of before making the whole bar laugh by asking for a serviette as the barman is confused.
Oh, sorry i mean a Napkin.
Several of the locals buy me beer and I’m just about to leave when 2 more beers arrive I must go after these I insist .
When at last I exit the fire station there is a nip in the air and wished I had brought my puffy which I now have back.
I must admit I enjoy the walk back at dusk watching the fireflies dart about

once back at the Pavilion I pack up my gear so I’m ready to go first thing.
Start 1185
Finish 1185.
Miles. ZERO

Day 88 Heading to Port Clinton

As I had put in the miles I treated myself to a lie in , Although I heard my tenting companion packing up to leave. Finally I emerged at 8am and began to pack up I had enough gas to make tea.

I finished my packing and stepped back onto the trail. and attacked the rocks again.

My left foot was hurting . I put it down to the Constant rocks as the sole seems bruised. so I shoved more ibourfin down me and tried to blank it out. although every now and then my foot landed on a stupid rock sending pain shooting up my foot and a few choice words spilt from my mouth.

I slowed down and tried to concentrate on how I placed my foot. The big ones are easy it the small pointy ones that kill me and they are almost impossible to miss.

I pushed on and on the rocks being replaced with more mud and swamps which I have to say is far better than the rock. Then some nice trail whoop allowing me to push and make up time.. But then I thought why push there is no hurry as I will be in town for 2 days.

It wasn’t long till I got to my first climb which of course was steep and long. I puffed and panted up it. Once up the trail was gentle until I reached the next rock challenge . well the challenge was looking for the blazes. and I hate it when you step on a huge granite slab and it moves putting you off balance. Once over I pushed on and the trail was now littered with blow downs to climb over . One was fairly huge and as I tried to get over it my pole sunk into the ground sending me crashing into the ground
Fuck bollocks and a few other words escaped from my mouth. But luckily no damage.. but I was annoyed with myself and the tree.

Okay time for a break and in the distance I could see a perfect spot. yep that will do
When i got there , there was a lady called Judy who was on her way home from a few days hiking. We chatted fora while and then she offered to take me to Cabelas a large outdoors store.
Brilliant and she offered to wait for me to.
Judy headed off saying your soon catch me. but I will be in the car park
After 20 minutes I set off after her stumbling over more rocks. Then had to wait until another big snake moved off of the trail.
Finally one more descent then i would be in Port Clinton, BUt the descent was stupidly steep and gravel so you were almost sliding down .
It took me about 10 minutes to get down as it was so slippery.

I finally emerged onto a bike track and Judy was waiting. we crossed the railway. which is a steam and coal museum then walked to her car

Wow Cabelas was amazing.
It had rows and rows of fishing rods. rows of lures and floats . Then rows and rows of guns and ammo. Then camping and water sports I was hypnotised with the quantity of stuff. and in the more a huge collection of stuffed animals laid out in amazing scenes .

I headed upstairs for the camping department. sadly they didn’t have the size gas I wanted so I had to but a huge one but it will last. I also brought a few other bits and pieces
I could have spent hours in this store but my ride was waiting to take me back to town.

As I got out of her car I saw sunshine, Granite Gear and mousetrap. As we chatted a guy said do you guys want a cold beer?
We were sat outside the fire station but they have their own private bar. The man signed us in and we enjoyed several cold beers .

Next it was off to find the pavilion where I would stay that was a little way down the road.
It was a large pavilion with tables and free items donated by kind people
I found a space. and lay out my pad and sleeping bag.
I was relaxing when an oldish man asked did any one need a ride.
I would love to go to Wal-Mart, a
Soon two other hikers and myself were heading to the store. I brought a few bits plus memory card and a large usb to clear down my phone.
Our driver then dropped us back to a bar in town . I ordered a burger and washed that down with a few more cold ales. I was just eating when Granite Gear, Mousetrap and noproblama appeared, Sunshine had a migraine so had crashed.
I enjoyed my burger had one more beer then grabbed a six pack to take back to the pavilion.
I quickly put all my food in a bag to hang in case of mice before enjoying another beer with mousetrap, Soul-man and Robin hood. before hitting the sack

Start 1207.5
Finish 1218.9
Miles. 11.4

Day 87 Swatara Gap to Port Clinton Mile 1219

I decided to get up early so I could do the miles with out going too fast. I stripped down my tent, hoisted my pack .
As Sunshine had her fly off , I could see that she was awake so l quietly said bye see you up the trail.
The start was steep until I was up on the ridge then it levelled out, but was still very rocky , my feet were feeling every single rock .
It was a gorgeous day but with out the humidity, that just drains me. I pushed on until the trail became a dirt road and was rock less
I made the most of the flat rock-less terrain by pushing harder. I crossed several roads , hoping to see an ice chest…sadly not today. sob .

I pushed on and sever hours later I was crossing the road near the 501 shelter. I detoured down to it, rifled through the hiker box for gas. All were empty apart from a 8 oz . It didn’t have much in but maybe it would give me a boil…..or three. I decided to have lunch here and also topped up my water. I was now,ready

I made my way back to the trail and pushed on through the rock. I met 3 girl hikers coming the other way and was amazed to see that 2 were wearing flip flops..
wow I’m impressed I said.
The trail stayed the same climb up and over rock repeat. and then take you down and do it ,all again
By now the sun was scorching but I plodded. on trying to get back into the cool forest.
At last the forest but omg it was like being in the everglades in Florida, marshy , boggy ,smelly marsh.
I was constantly changing sides to keep dry and where were the blazes?
I stopped and checked my phone , yes I was on course but where were the blazes. It appeared that they had been rubbed out, maybe kids . If I looked behind me I could see them so they had only been removed going north

I soldiered on jumping and using stepping stones and logs to navigate this muddy swamp until at last dry land.
I suddenly came upon an amazing huge tent in the middle of nowhere. wow how the hell did they get that in there.
The problem with us hikers is that we use a very limited map which only shows us one route so we do not get to see other trails and paths.

I exited onto another road and climbed up the other side . It was now getting late but my target was in sight. I pushed on . I will get water next then I can start to look for a camp site.

Great a spring I topped up my bottles then moved on . Then I met another familiar face getting water at the next stream. I can’t remember his name but he was st the ice cream challenge with us. We said our hellos a.d he asked where I was heading .
The next tent site I said laughing.
okay snail I may see you there.!
The camp site was 2 miles away and I was soon putting up my tent. then I hung my rope ready for my food bag .
Next I assembled my chair and began to hear water for tea. my fingers crossed that it would last.
I was just starting on dinner when the other hiker appeared.
Do you mind if i join you SNAIL.
Not st all as there was plenty of room . he wanted to get to the next shelter but had had enough for the day
He admired my tent. yes it’s a 3 man I replied just for me
Wow snail you have a chair!
Yes I said because I’m worth it .
It suddenly became quite buggy sending us both scuttling inside our tents.
He then asked what time I was getting up ..
Normally 6 am , but as I’m not far from town I may have a lie in” I laughed
But don’t worry about waking me . Night

Start 1185.
Finish 1207.5
Miles. 23

Day 86 From Clarks Gap to Swatara Gap Mile 1185

I silenced my first alarm and dozed to the 6am alarm sounded .I snoozed it when it went off again I pulled the stopper on my bed .whoosh went the air.

Groggy I unzipped my tent and had a wee.i then retrieved my food bag. I then began the strip down and walked back onto the trail by 7am not bad . I had a mile of flat then a long down then the dreaded big up.

I hadn’t gone far when I ran into Tree Hugger high man how goes it . We chat for a while he is heading to Duncannon . Where are you staying I ask ?

The red carpet Snail.
Oh great any chance that you can do me a favour ?
I left my puffy could you possibly grab it for me .
So hopefully we shod pass tomorrow.
I pushed on and then be a. the long decent who h I strive with as if kills my knees. .down and down eventually it began to level out the. Sunshine appeared she was .camped down a side trail. we walked together for a while .passing half bear.i. impressed you got this far I called to him. I followed sunshine then we crossed a road and began the big climb. I may see you later I called. she’s too fast for me to keep up with . the limb wasn’t too bad but long oh so long .if went on and on. several hours later the trail levelled out and then dived back down before levelling out again . It was raining but the trees seemed to protect me but I decided to stop and put my pack cover on . as I continued on through the woods I began to hear the roar of water .eventually it came into view and I followed it for some time. along the side of the trail there looked like slag heaps from coal mining and the path seemed to be made of coal. eventually I arrived at a road ad walked along until I. came to a bridge,On the other side of the bridge there was a sign telling you about a town that used to be here and that it was a coal mining community. I moved on following the river untill it split off . But here the trail became boggy very boggy then it became a lake. I tried to navigate aground it but then decided to walk through it. as I walked I noticed it was a beaver dam they had dammed the river causing it to flood the trail.

I walked on and found more rocks to fall over and I did I fell 4 times. I cut my knuckles and the last time I bent my toes on my left foot. Omg that hurt so I was now hobbling so decided that it was time to take a break.

I found a nice rock took of my shoes wrung out my socks and had more snacks . Okay what to I have to do 5 miles to the camp. yep I can do that.I packed up and set off down the rocky trail.I then slipped again and fell on my arse . This time I was really angry argh . right I’m going to stop . Now. When I got back up I noticed a spring to my left so watered up. When I had calmed down. I pushed on and decided I would get to the campground.

I crossed over another road then crossed a lovely old bridge and read about the old canal. One of the old locks was still visible. Oh a trash can… I dumped my trash . that was a good find .Okay .9 to camp and yes uphill I walked up the road then the trail headed up and under a large viaduct. and beneath as an ice chest I walked up and looked inside. Amazingly it was full coke.lilt, ginger beer and water.i grabbed a lemonade and glugged it then I did another..I wrote in the book.i thought of packing one out. but hiked on and up it was steep and hot Zig zagged up.the switchbacks. At last j saw a tent it was Granite Gear who I hadn’t seen in a while. hiya . just above were more tent spots so I soon had my tent up. and was cooking sat in my new chair, When mousetrap arrived shortly followed by Sunshine. They set up their tents by me .which was lucky as my gas ran out so I was able to borrow Sunshines. They all walked down to join Granite gear and noproblama who had made a fire . we sat around chatting by the campfire untill it was time for me to turn in ZzzzZz

Start 1163.3
Finish 1185.
Miles. 22 miles

Day 85 Leaving Duncannon

When I am in a motel there is no hurry as I want to make the most of my room.
eventually I emerged from my bed put coffee on and began to pack up
I was soon done so checked with reception for my ride back in to town. and soon in was at the post office .
“You should have a few packages for me” I said handing over my Id
The lady quickly returned with a armful of boxes.
My shorts from under armour, coffee filter. Ear buds, a food parcel, chair. mp3 player.
It took me about 20 minutes to sort. Once done I posted my spare bits up the trail then walked out of the post office.
The trail snakes through the town so I was soon back on it as i walked through the streets I really like all the different shapes and styles of house as I walk the trail. the trail then takes a sharp right and I’m crossing a large bridge over a river..then I am.crossing an even larger bridge over an even wider river.
Once across i stand looking for the trail markers. Where the hell does it go? I walk to my left and see a sign that tells of the Local history. As I get nearer I catch sight of a marker pointing the way.
I cross over the railway tracks and it’s time to climb. The climb is two miles up and steeply up.

As I begin to climb down on the road I can see Sunshine, Mousetrap and the Nopromlarmar . They too are looking for the trail. I whistled and pointed to them down below. They put up their thumbs
I push on going back and forth and up and up around one corner there are a dozen shirts laid out on a rock . I smile guess he’s trying to loose weight . After an hour I am at the top, thank god I pant. I now need water as do not drag it up mountain if I don’t have to. I push on till I can smell a drop toilet I laugh to myself well the shelter can’t be too far away and sure enough a sign soon appears.
As I walk down the Blue trail I can see the shelter and the gang are here, Mousetrap, Sunshine and lama
I head to the spring and get water, then decide to have an early lunch just as the gang leave. They are a lot faster (like everyone) I push on and then come up to a lady hiker she has ear buds in so as not to spook her.
“Hello” I shout she steps off of the trail so that I can pass.
I then recognise her. Her name it Pretzel , I last saw at stanimals in Wainsboro.
I push on until I see the guy who camped by me and halfbear sat on a rock having their lunch.
“Nice spot guys, I wave and push on .
The rocks return slowing my pace, followed by some are big climbs. A lot of the rock is loose that kills my feet and being damp its bloody slippery

I Stumble on over the rock swearing when I trip or slip, Now and then soil appears. I try to push to make up time as their is rain is due at 4 pm and it’s normally on time.
I go to slurp more water and I’m dry bugger, I have a spare pint but I do not want to stop. In the distance I could hear the rumble of thunder, It’s coming I say to myself.
I reach a sign for the next shelter, I need water but its a way off of trail Bollocks but I need it so turn down the trail.
It was a big double-decker shelter with a covered eating area. The guy I shared a shuttle back to town was here, he has a Hawaiian trail name but I have forgotten it.
The sign for water read “Spring” .2. or 300 steps. Dam I set off down the 300 steps, which were bloody steep. I quickly filled up and made my way back ,but going up with a hands fulls of water wasn’t quite so easy.
Once back at the shelter I decided to have a snack.
Then the rain came. I was relaxing when Half bear arrived.
“You going on Snail ?
“Once it’s stopped yes I want 5 more miles maybe more.
I sat in the shelter watching the rain and trying to make up my mind.
It was a nice shelter. Nope! I’m going on.
At last the rain stopped and the sun came out. I hoisted up my pack and marched out, I had lost an hour, it was now 5 pm.
I wanted the next campsite 5 miles ahead but I didn’t want to walk that late. I decided that i will walk to 6.30 that should give me 3 miles. After an hour I began to pass several tent spots.
No SNAIL too early, but this could be the last tent spot for a while, but I was confident that there would be more.
At 6.45 my tent was up, i threw my rope ready before setting up my new chair. YES I now have a chair and omg it was lush . I cooked tea and relaxed. Fuck I was almost out of fuel as I forget to get one before leaving Duncannon and it was on my list Doh.
I cleared up and had just got into my tent when it began to rain. I quickly put on my fly

Start 1147.9
Finish 1163.3
Miles. 15 miles