Continental Divide Trail – Day 46

Day- 46

Date- 8/6/17

Location- Leadore

Elevation- 5,968 ft

Distance Traveled Today- 16 miles

Distance Traveled Total- 616.7 miles

Weather/Temp- Smokey 90s

Injuries- sore feet, pulling knee

Pain level- moderate

Spirits/Morale- tired of asphalt

Wildlife encounters- zero

Human Beings encountered on trail- zero

Thru hikers encountered on trail- zero

Days without shower- 0

Days without laundry- 2

Hunger/craving- sushi


Despite the random cars whizzing by, I actually slept pretty good and was on the road by 7:30am. A little piece of me was sad to leave this patch of cozy heaven.

There really isn’t anything to say about today. Literally nothing happened. The road ran straight for 16 miles right into Leadore without any cool sights or happenings. I saw a dead porcupine in front of a “Game crossing” sign, and that was it. How’s that for irony.

I finished the 16 miles at 1pm and walked myself into the only restaurant in town, the Silver Dollar. There was one other customer in there and a 4 year old child who’s grandmother was the owner. This little kid was running around raising hell itself on earth. He had chocolate smeared all over his face and a can of glass cleaner in his hands. He was running through the restaurant spraying it in the air and all over himself. He threw chocolate at me. He threw clay eggs at me. He demanded if I wanted beer. He unrolled an entire roll of paper towels. He tried to steal my hat. He screamed, he yelled, and no adult did anything. It was wildly entertaining and not the least bit annoying! “Where the hell am I?” I thought to myself about 17 times.

Leadore has the look of a refugee camp even more so than Augusta. It’s hard to believe that communites like this exist in one of the most advanced countries in the world. It’s very humbling, and it makes me very thankful for what I have. They grow hay and raise cattle…that’s it.

I called it a day here and plan to hit the trail later tomorrow. I have less than 200 miles of Montana/Idaho left. When I hit Wyoming, I plan to burn it down. I’ll have fresh shoes and rolling terrain (If legends hold true). I’ve got some serious ground to make up because I want to be in Colorado before the end of this month.


  1. These photos are beautiful. Too bad about the Kenworth..I’m sure the driver wasn’t happy losing a wheel. And yes,the irony of the porcupine is too much!

  2. I guess sooner or later a negative comment was bound to appear. Not that Kyle needs defending…he did that very well himself, but for those of us who have read his book “Lost on the Appalachian Trail” and have followed his blogs on the PCT and CDT, we know that he is an extremely humble person. We know that he writes his true feelings in a honest and many times humerous way. His blogs bring us along on his experiences and we appreciate his transparency. I don’t know Kyle personally but I know from his writings that he would never intend to offend anyone. He is out there on the trail alone most of the time and the last thing he needs negativity. He needs our support. Let’s please keep things positive for him. Writing these blogs can’t be easy and we don’t need social media type criticism of his works.

  3. I was raised on an “Indian Reservation” and lived in a simple native and modern home. It was a struggle but I have a good connection with the land. Native people have survived much indeed.

    I started following your blog from Dixie’s sites and have enjoyed your trail stories! Thru-hiking is better than reality shows!

  4. Your descriptions of Augusta and Leadore are offensive. I assume you have never seen photos of concentration camps. These are the small communities that preserve what our world used to be like, where people appreciate the little things and are also very thankful for what they have. If you think they raise cattle and grow hay and that is IT, you are sorely mistaken. Their lifestyle and burden of work would crush most people, they do far more that just raise cattle and grow hay. Where do you think the beef comes from that you purchase from the store? Somebody has to raise it so you and I can simply walk into a store and buy it. Such a narrow outlook on the world.

    1. I asked a local who was born and raised there what the main source of work/crop was, and he he told me they farm hay and breed cattle. Did I say anything against that line of work?

      I said refugee camp, not concentration camp. I didn’t say it was the holocaust. Huge difference.

      Also, I didn’t say anything bad against the towns. I gave a description and said I felt lucky to have grown up in areas with more opportunity. I have nothing against the blue collar, working heart of America; I’m incredibly thankful for it.

      Also, there is nothing wrong with giving a description of what you see. I’m sure you do it all the time, and much less thought as you’ve just proven. If an entire community resembles an Indian reservation with mostly decrepit buildings that are falling apart, dilapidated trailers, and garbage/trash all over the properties…I’m not going to describe it as American Suburbia when it reminds me more of a gypsy camp you might see overseas. It’s absolutely nothing against the communities or the people. It’s special in its own way, and I like it for what it is, although it’s not for me.

      Ironically, the people who live in these towns that I’ve spoken to have much worse things to say about their OWN communities than I’d ever dare to write.

      Spend less time being offended

      1. Thank you for your integrity 🙂 I really appreciate it. Sonetimes you just have to call a spade a spade. Nothing hatefull or resentfull in that. I like the way you responded when critisised 🙂 Being respectfull and honest at the same time is an art 🙂

      2. Saw nothing offensive and your Observations were descriptions of what you personally saw nothing more. The world isn’t perfect by any means and everyone isn’t going to love every place. One should not get offended because your perception of a location and what transpires there don’t match up with what another believes it should be or wants it to be. Kyle you just keep describing as “You” see them…after all that’s why we read your blog. We want to hear how you feel and see what you see not what it says in a guide book.

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