Mayor’s 2019 CDT Redemption Hike Day 30

CDT Redemption Hike 2019-The Big Picture

Day- 30
Date- July 19, 2019
Location- Side of trail
Elevation- 7,054 ft
Distance Traveled Today- 17.4 miles
Distance Traveled Total- 538 miles
Weather/Temp- clear, 60s
Injuries- none
Pain level- zero
Spirits/Morale- relaxed
Wildlife encounters- rodents
Days without shower- 1
Days without laundry- 1
Hunger/craving- none


Today began a little later than anticipated, but worked out to be a decent day.

Jetpack and I started hitching around 10 am and got picked up by a middle aged man after about 6 minutes. He couldn’t take us all the way to trail, but he got us within 13 miles of it and dropped us off in a small community called “Sula,” at a gas station.

I don’t normally like to approach people and ask for rides unless I’m absolutely desperate, but Jetpack has no qualms. After asking 2 people pumping gas for a ride and being turned down, the third person said yes – but only after she asked twice, and only after he’d turned on his hearing aid.

Our ride was a man in his mid to late eighties. I didn’t catch his name, but I learned a lot of other interesting things about him. He’d been a “general-practitioner physician” back in the days when a doctor was trained to handle just about anything that came up. He could perform surgeries, deliver babies, diagnose illnesses, set broken bones, you name it. He’d taken care of rural communities both in the states and abroad and claimed to have delivered more than 3,000 babies by the time the 1970s arrived.

He was a super interesting and friendly guy, and as he dropped us off he leaned over to Jetpack and said, “Keep smiling.”

It was a cloudless cool day when we started hiking a little after noon time. Aside from all the bugs, it couldn’t get any better. Apart from a couple steep but short climbs, the terrain was very mild and easy going.

We got some good miles in despite the late start. I can already tell this is going to be a gorgeous section. I’m glad I get to fill it in this year…

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1 Comment

  1. Hello, I”m Jennie Smith from Salmon, Idaho. I’ve been following your treck on the CDT since the beginning of your trip. Salmon is 45 miles from the Divide and then it’s just a short drive north to Sula. When I read your most recent Day 30 post and you mentioned the Montana Cafe, I had to let you know about a Hank Williams, Jr. song he wrote about that cafe! He has a ranch in the Big Hole near Wisdom, MT…..on the backside of the Bitterroot mountains – especially Freeman Peak. I live on a small ranch and for the past 50 years I have viewed the Divide out my kitchen window.
    Anyway, back to music…In 1999 Hank released an album titled “Stormy”. The first two songs (of 12) are wonderful. One is “Gibbonsville Gold” and the second one is “Montana Cafe”. He loved going there and sings about the experiences he had when he frequently went there.
    When you have time, be SURE to find it on the internet and listen to it. 🙂 Also, “Gibbonsville Gold” is a wonderful piece about the mining in the 1960’s in the mining town called Gibbonsville.

    I am looking forward to Day 31 episode!
    Jennie Smith

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