As you left me i was settling into a nice well deserved sleep. Id covered 25miles this day. I tried to rest but became bothered by the local flies. The ones seemed to serve no purpose other than just to irritate me and boy did they do this well. I worse my thermal hat,covered myself in the tarp and doozed. No the weather was ok last time i checked but today it changed and from 10pm it rained, then teasingly stopped before carrying on. I got around 3hrs sleep, tossing and turning trying to prevent the rain wetting everything, i shivered, moved some more. I steamed in my bivvy bag like a bake in the bag chicken, making me even more damp.
I woke around 4am, quickly packed and wore everything i owned, a brew was made before a breakfast of snickers was had.
I set off in haste wanting to warm, it rained and drizzled at the same time, wind blew as i neared Druids Stones, mist kept any view at bay, whilst the ridge punished my early morning daftness. I traversed towards ringing Roger, all the time buffeted by the ever present wind.
Now it was as i neared Kinder downfall that i misjudged a bog, leapinf forward my feet disapered into the thick black mess,as i withdrew my right foot, it was minus its trainer!!!! I turned and plunged my hand into what i though was the hole only to come up empty handed. Now minus a shoe. I laughed as only one could at this point and off i trotted. Suprisingly it was ok, half barefoot i edged closer to Sandy Hayes, this route is a quicker down than Williams Clough, i jogged on, slipping twice and gently bumping to the floor.
I closed in the reservoir id passed yesterday mornig, stopping to insert a discarded rubber trainer sole into my sock, yes i did do this and it was better than nothing.
I ran past a few people looking like id been swimming, looking at odds with calm weather in Hayfield and wondered if those heading up had checked the weather. I arrived at my car and luckily had spare socks and trainers in my boot,happy i whacked on the heater and journeyed home.
- Bivvying is ok if it works, its low key and im asuming waterproof if you bring everything.
- Im not as fit as id like to believe, in my head im awesum,reality im a rather slowed disabled mountain goat.
- My alpkit gear just keeps proving its worth. Value for money and brilliant build quality.
- Dont sleep by a river with out a midgy net, them flies are out to get humans, they dont need to bit because the mental torment is enough.
- Tie shoelaces tighter next time or just avoid the bogs.