I slept well in my location and awoke to a lovely morning
my fly was a bit damp due to condensation, but it wasn’t soaked.
I put on a brew and then had a bowl of instant oats before getting ready to hit the trail.
I was soon packed and hoisted up my pack.
I knew I had a few climbs early well that’s as far as I dared look.
I was soon back on trail and continued my way. It wasn’t long until I arrived at some pylons which is where one of my fellow hikers was aiming for.
It was a great view if I could only erase the pylons out of the picture.
I pushed on and began climbing, it was already warm and so I was soon puffing and panting as I struggled up my first climb
eventually I emerged out into a lovely meadow , Wow so pretty,
I went to take a drink and nothing , dam I thought my hose must be kinked , and one I start hiking I do not want to stop but I was hot and thirsty so had to .
I dropped my pack and checked the hose which yes was kinked.
I adjusted it then threw my pack up onto my shoulders but FUCK !!!
As I slung up my pack I had been standing on the end of it, ripping off my bite valve which shot into the air. Immediately my precocious water began to leak all over the ground. I moved quickly to stem the leak and dropping my pack. Once that was done I began a fruitless search for the bite valve. After 20 minutes I gave up.
Losing my bite valve was a complete pain as I like to hike without stopping but without it I will need to stop often to refill my water bottles Arrrhhh.
But what is done is done , maybe I can get another today I thought ……
I hiked on and to my next climb , I was a bit concerned as I was fairly low on water and it was 5 miles until the next, Oh well I thought I just need to take it easy , I had just started climbing when I came across a hiker named Brear Rabbit.
Did you see the water, He asked?
No I hadn’t,
Its just across the road he said ,
As I didn’t think could do 5 miles in the sun and whilst climbing I though it only wise to go back and get some.
I thanked him and made my way back down the mountain.
I soon found the water that I hadn’t spotted earlier.
I topped up my bottles then set off back up the mountain.
I soon caught Brear Rabbit as he was elder and slower than me, I thanked him again for the Info and pushed on
As I came over the summit I noticed a tree that was decorated, it was a shrine of memorial to a young lad who had died very young. I paused to read the tribute’s, which were very moving. While here I took a 10 min break too > While resting brear Rabbit appeared we chatted some more.
I pushed on and was soon in my stride my goal was Cherry Gap shelter which was about 6 miles away .
but I was now slow as I had to keep stopping to top up with water, which was a complete pain .
At 12pm I decided to take lunch as I was struggling , but that was mainly because I kept stopping to chat to people ,
After lunch I was in a better mood as I came to Cherry Gap shelter, but I wanted more miles so continued.
My new target was nowc5 miles away, as I began to drop down I met another hiker going southbound, He was a professor (teacher) we chatted a bit and explained about my Bite valve.
To my amazement he said well I don’t use mine your welcome to have it, It’s in my pack somewhere. He rummaged about for 5 minutes and produced the bite valve.
thank you, thank you so much I was so grateful.
and continued with a huge smile on my face.
The rest of the day was a roller coaster of ups and downs and ups and downs.
Eventually the Clyde Smith Shelter came into view,
as i arrived Bumble Bee and her Hubby were here, another hiker called nopoles haned me water as i looked very warm.
i thanked him and drained it , Thanks so much i said .
I then went and found a spot , as i walked past the shelter i spotted handstand , and several new hikers i didnt know .
I set up my tent then went to get water , whilst here i washed my socks and myself before heading back. One of the girls was cooking dinner on a log so i went and joined her, Then another Girl called Amy joined us ..
After dinner i hung by back then hit my bed
Considering the day i had i was pleased to get here
mileage 17.8 miles
Remaining 18 Miles