Good morning . Day three .
The blisters are a bit better on waking up ! Last night the temperature dropped again , but i had me wolly hat on ,so I slept like a log or a dog , or maybe a dog on a log . Im privellaged to have the company of Stella Blue Jays this morning .
First light! Up an at ’em ! The trail cant wait. After just half an hour im hiking up into the sunshine and the coldness in my bones begins to thaw. A regular set of faces is emerging on the trail and friendships are easily formed . We pass into forests and enter Clevland National Park.The pine sent is invigorating and miles disolve with the steady rythm of my walking poles . Im in my element here.
By early lunch I find myself at a local outfitters who offers free ‘shake downs’ (when a seasoned trail veteran pulls everything out of your pack and tells you what to dump) . They also offer us free cold beer…well it would be rude not to !
Later i walk upto the Blue Jay Diner and revel in the Americana and Tat they have collected over the decades. Frank Sinatra crunes as i order a Cheese burger and fries (not chips!).
The last five miles seems to take forever…but just when i feel im running out of insperation i come around a corner to an amazing vista. Its breathtaking and humbling all rolled into one. A taste of what I will be hiking through tommorow…
Im circled by Turkey Vulture , as i munch on pinapple chunks and peanuts and feel a bit blown away by it all…
My highlight of the day was the biggest Pine cone i have ever seen in my life. About a foot and a half tall ,no word of a lie. It took all my inner reserves not to pick it up and carry it 1000miles so me Mum could stick it on her christmas tree next December..
Blister count : 6 , (But 8 if you also count the blisters on top of the blisters )