AT Day 17 – Perfect weather

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Perfect Weather

2nd May

15.7 miles

Hot Springs (273.1) to Bushcamp (288.8)

I was in no rush to leave town. I wanted a nice filling breakfast before the crowds arrived at the diner. Somebody forgot to inform the crowds, it was packed by 7.15am. It was another long but worthwhile wait.

I resupplied, packed out a 12 inch sub filled with loads of salad and hit the trail around 10.30am. Every hiker that arrived in town yesterday was having a Zero day with the exception of myself and Delicate Flower.

There was a steep climb as the trail cut its way uphill out of the town of Hot Springs. I could tell early on that my body wasn’t enjoying the hiking. The usual boundless energy that I had on the trail was failing me. I’d eaten too much food in town and was feeling sluggish.

After a couple of hours of hiking with Delicate Flower he went in ahead. I was unlikely to catch him. I got slower with each hill, of which there were many. I kept pushing late into the day with regular rest stops and set up camp alone on a small patch of flat ground.

As it got dark I settled into my sleeping bag. I finished writing my blog post and started to close my eyes when I heard the crack, a very loud crack, followed by the sound of a very large tree branch bouncing its way off other tree brackets directly above me. I turned onto my stomach and held my head with my hands. I expected this would be a painful. Less than a second later there was a large thud right outside my tent. The tree branch wasn’t as big as I thought, but it was big enough to destroy my tent or my head. I was lucky.

That’s where the tree branch landed
That large hole in the ground was where the tree branch landed, that’s way too close to my head

Next : Day 18 – The Calm before the wind


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  1. Wow! That was close! I am impressed that you had the wherewithal to turn over and protect yourself when that happened. I had no idea how close to actuality my text to you was yesterday. Glad you are OK!

    1. My text to you was too late for Spivey Gap, the weather was horrible. Windy, rainy and generally not fun.

    1. Love it. Light weight and easy to set up. I’ve slept in it over 300 nights so far, I think I’ll get another 200 nights. That’s not bad for an ultra light tent. One bad point, the lightweight pegs are a bit weak.

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