NEVILLE & THE TWO DIE-HARDS!!
I felt very sorry for Neville on Sunday when only two hikers turned up. It was me off course & a non-hiker Cindy (puts all the hikers to shame!) Neville sms’d me to say that the weather was ok, nice for hiking (better than the sun & heat). We waited until 09h10, nobody else (shame on all the Sunday hikers!) arrived, then he gave us the option to pull out!! We were adamant that we wanted to hike. Then it started to rain but we set off. When we reached Worlds View it was pouring but we carried on in the rain. I loved it. We had our usual break in the tunnel.
Then the sun broke thru slightly & we negotiated the up hills. There has been a lot of cutting down of timber so the landscape had changed a bit & we tried all sorts of ways back to the dreaded tar road. Got slightly lost, spotted a person walking at the back of his property, because we were slightly fenced off from the road, he let us pass thru his property & we did a long uphill haul along the Old Howick Road.
I think we gelled very well & Cindy was marvellous wearing trainers & navigating the very slippery & muddy paths.
Back at Crossways Neville rewarded us with beers for Cindy & himself & coffee for me. The two of them were downing several beers by the time I left. All in all a good hike taking the conditions in consideration.
(Ed. Photo of the tunnel refered to in the writeup is from a previous hike)