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
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.