Location- Steamboat Springs, CO
Distance Traveled Today- 7.5 miles
Distance Traveled Total- 1,352.6 miles
Weather/Temp- clear, overcast 70s, 60s
Pain level- zero
Wildlife encounters- zero
Days without shower- 0
Days without laundry- 0
I woke up to the sound of horns honking on the now busy nearby road. I opened my eyes and rolled over to see a herd of around 20 cows hoofing it down the middle of the street, a line of cars driving impatiently slow behind them. “What are these shenanigans?” I thought to myself. It was like a waking up into a dream, and reminded me of a scene from the movie “jumanji,” when all the animals are stampeding through the town streets. What a strange scene to wake up to. The cows were out of sight in less than a minute, leaving only a lonely bull lagging behind, but keeping to the side of the road.
I slept pretty good last night, but as usual I woke up a handful of times to adjust my sleeping position. Each time I awoke and rolled onto my right/left shoulder or stomach, I caught the stench of decay. I remember in my sleepy and exhausted stooper, thinking that it was me or my sleeping bag that smelled so bad. Honestly, I was too tired to care. Now that it was light out, I quickly found the source. There was an extremely decomposed skunk carcass laying only 4 feet away from where I’d laid down. I’d had a necrotic guest the entire night…or perhaps I was the guest. He was here first, after all.
We were up and hiking by a little after 8 am, and I was surprised at how busy the road was. It was a nearly constant stream of cars coming from either direction, making for some edgy and high alert road walking. Alas, the final 7.5 miles into Steamboat were uneventful, and we arrived on the outskirts of town just as a few businesses were opening for lunch. We grabbed some smoked wings from a place called Moes Original BBQ, a righteous reward for last night’s extra effort.
Steamboat is positively BUSTLING with activity, people, and vehicles. Thankfully they have a free bus system that runs throughout the entire town, with a bus hitting each stop every 20 minutes; extremely convenient.
Being a ski resort town, Steamboat has its fair share of gear outfitters. There have been a few gear shops throughout Wyoming and Montana, but they all seemed to lack somewhat. Here in Steamboat, my cup run’eth over. I need to do a slight overhaul on all my gear. I can’t be fooling around with the conditions that are ahead of me. If I want to last through this state, I need to be prepared for the worst…