Day 66 on the Continental Divide Trail

Day- 66

Date- 8/26/17

Location- side of trail

Elevation- 9,472 ft

Distance Traveled Today- 27.5 miles

Distance Traveled Total- 978 miles

Weather/Temp- clear, 70s

Injuries- none

Pain level- none

Spirits/Morale- relaxed

Wildlife encounters- otter, cows

Human Beings encountered on trail- zero

Thru hikers encountered on trail- zero

Days without shower- 3

Days without laundry- 3

Hunger/craving- Pepsi

I slept incredibly well last night. The temperature stayed fair, and I only woke up a few times to roll onto my opposite side. Getting out of bed was hard, yet easy (due to the temp), and I was hiking before 7:30am. 

There really isn’t too much to speak of about today. It was slightly boring and physically unchallenging. It was a mixture of gentle climbs and descents through and over conifer forests and exposed sagebrush ridges. 

The most intriguing part of the day was being able to see the snow covered mountains were headed towards. 

My ankle felt fine today. Still a little tender, but it stayed strong throughout all the uneven terrain. Easily the most aggravating aspect of Wyoming so far is the water. There’s plenty of it, however it’s disgusting. The majority of the time it’s cow trampled water, lake water, or lake runoff. Even the springs have been trampled and shit in by cows and other animals. I would give anything for a high mountain spring flowing right out of the rocks where hoofed animals can’t get to it. 

The animal highlight of the day came in the form of an otter swimming around in a small pond. I didn’t know Wyoming had otters, but it definitely wasn’t a beaver. 

So that’s how the day went. We hiked steady at our own paces, meeting up during breaks and BS’ing for a bit before continuing on. We ground out almost 28 miles by 7:30 pm with plenty of daylight to spare. We’re now camped in thick woods amongst hundreds of free grazing cows, not far below Gunsight Pass. The cows are calling like their lives depend on it, and I can only hope they stop before it gets much later. 

Tomorrow we’ll enter the edge of the Wind River Mountain Range. It’s been billed as the prettiest section of the entire trail (quite possibly out of all three trails), so my expectations have been set high. I’m very excited to see what all the noise is about, and if it’s as beautiful as they say…It will be very easy to take my time through all of it guilt free. 

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