26th July Wednesday
Every time I push myself and do like a 30 miles walk the day before, I’m slow in getting going in the next morning even though I know I should hit the trail early. So at 7am I finally got going and within half an hour I come across more South bound hikers, in total four this morning.
4WD trail walking for a few hours
Not really a lot to say about today, rolling hills but today most were going down hill for me.
Rolling hills for easy walking today
I’m keen to reach Leadore today, I have been told that there are only four rooms available but when fully booked up, Sam, the owner, lets hikers use their tent out in the backyard for a donation, the general concession is that it’s 10 dollars for a tent site. He’s got a washing machine and access to a shower which I plan to use ASAP.
Very small town I’ve been told, hotel, a dinner and a post office where my stuff will be waiting for me.
Bannock Pass summit car park, waited 2 and a half hours for a lift
I finally arrived at the trail head, Bannock Pass summit, where I start looking for a lift to Leadore which is 16 miles away. There were two cars in the car park but nobody about. The main road was gravel and at 3pm I started waiting.
Two South bound hikers came along, the two girls doing the whole trail, thankfully 10 minutes later we got a lift all the way into town to a place for my tent for two nights. Leadore Inn is run by Sam and he has been most helpful and accommodating. That evening I had a fish and chips for dinner, it was ….ok. i would have gone for the steak or hamburger but they were all sold out. But the relaxing time i had in the Silver Dollar Restaurant and bar was a welcome relief.