22nd April 2015
High Camp (94.5) to Warner Springs (109.5)
I woke at 5am freezing cold. The wind that started to increase in strength overnight was still howling. My shivering body exited my tightly wrapped cocoon. I felt water on my sleeping bag. I’m sure it didn’t rain overnight. Very sure. It must have been the condensation. There was so much moisture on my bag that it lost all it’s loft and the Goose Down started to form clumps and lost it’s ability to insulate me. Not that it was that cold. It was about 5 degrees Celsius and with the wind it felt marginally cooler.
Within minutes I packed my gear and set off hiking. It was just light enough to see without the use of my headlamp. As I had done all the climbing yesterday I had a nice gentle downhill trail most of the way to my next stop Warner Springs. I guess when I set off I was on a mission. Firstly, I wanted to warm up. When that was achieved my mission was to make it to Warner Springs to eat some non-trail food. The promise of a hamburger kept me moving. I hit my first milestone of the trip, 100 miles. Hooray for me.
Several miles outside my destination I hit the Warner Springs meadows. I hiked through farmland with many cows. My first encounter involved stubborn cows not wanting to move. On the second occasion I ran at the cows shouting at them to Mooove. I inadvertently caused a stampede. Crashing branches. Dust everywhere. I hoped there were no hikers ahead of me.
Last rest stop before Warner Springs was Eagle Rock for the obligatory photo. My hunger started to force me to race into the local Resource Centre. A community based organisation that support hikers and in return the money raised helps the school and elderly people of the region. They do a sensational job, I am happy to support them in raising money. Oh, and the burgers rock! I will be here long enough to rest and pick up a package at the post office. I’m advised that the package has been delayed. I could be here a couple of days! Might stay, might go. Not sure yet.
My second milestone. Today marks the longest distance I have ever covered in one hike. My previous was just over 100 miles! The third milestone was 15 miles by 12.30pm.
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