As we left Orrison behind us and began to climb it was misty with low clouds. While the previous day was a steep gain of 3000′ in 4.8 miles, today was a long 10.8 miles. The first 6 + miles were a 1000′ climb, followed by a steep 1700′ descent which all the guide books warn about. There is nothing in between except for a stone mountain hut for emergencies. All along the way there are cairns & signs saying SOS, showing a picture of a phone & the # 112, the equivalent of 911 in Europe.
The up hill seemed to go on forever. Although I was very slow, I felt strong physically and mentally.
On one of the rare somewhat level places we were surprised to see a food truck that had driven up the road. We were looking forward to a hot drink maybe, but just as we approached it pulled away! So we sat down on the grass & ate the sandwich we’d gotten from Orrison.