Day 85 on the Continental Divide Trail

Day- 85

Date- 9/14/17

Location- side of trail

Elevation- 8,497 ft

Distance Traveled Today- 28.1 miles

Distance Traveled Total- 1262.8 miles

Weather/Temp- Windy, cloudy, rainy 70s

Injuries- none

Pain level- none

Spirits/Morale- blah

Wildlife encounters- Antelope, garter snake

Days without shower- 2

Days without laundry- 3

Hunger/craving- wings

My privy porch was the coziest sleep I’ve had in a while. I think I’m going to make a habit of camping on them from now on. It beats the wind and rain, plus I get a wall to press up against.

We were all hiking by 8 am, and right away it was windy. Not terribly windy (yet), but enough to get your attention. It was yet another mundane day of walking on gravel road. I’m so sick of roads, gravel, and jeep track I could scream. It’s murder on my feet, and traffic from vehicles is maddening. We must have had 40 cattle trucks pass by and blow us out with dust. Not to mention the speeding pickup trucks that spray more gravel and dust all over the place.

Thankfully we were only on the gravel road for another 20 miles or so today. After that it was back onto…jeep track! Wonderful…

All day it was wind, dust, and light rain showers. The storm cells were again everywhere, and all day long we were threading the needle between them, avoiding the worst of it. Eventually our luck ran out as 7pm approached and the scattered storms turned into one giant wall of storm coming our way. We picked up the pace to try and reach the first real trees we’ve seen on trail in well over 100 miles.

The rain hit about two mins before we’d found a suitable camp spot. For the first time since sending my hammock home, I had to erect my tarp. I’m on a bit of a slope, but I’m comfortable. I’ve propped up the perimeter of my groundsheet to prevent potential flooding, and now all is right in the world.

There’s a road crossing into the final Wyoming town 18 miles from here. The next town after that is in Colorado, and 100 miles from my current location. Part of me wants to push the hundred miles even though I’d be cutting it close with my food, and the other part says take the upcoming road. The weather doesn’t look good for the next few days, so that inclines me to take any reprieves I can. The elevation is going to be staying consistently above 10k feet very, very soon, so I’m not sure I want to mess with the weather up there.

I really, really hope the weather in Colorado cooperates, or it’s going to be a long fall…

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