Date- July 24, 2019
Location- Leadore, Idaho
Elevation- 5,968 ft
Distance Traveled Today- 10.3 miles
Distance Traveled Total- 645.3 miles
Weather/Temp- scattered clouds, 70s
Pain level- zero
Wildlife encounters- hawk carrying a snake
Days without shower- 0
Days without laundry- 0
God, I love being right. I woke up a little after midnight last night and was so warm I had to pull my sleeping bag halfway down. I couldn’t help but snicker and give myself a little self appreciating pat on the back. Sometimes this wilderness stuff can be tricky, but every so often you hit the nail on the head – and hopefully more often than not!
I was hiking before 7 am, but Jetpack still had more than an hour head-start on me. It was as easy a ten miles as you could hope for. One downhill, one 900 ft gradual uphill, and then one last long gradual downhill to Highway 29.
Aside from viewing a hawk carry off a large wriggling snake (of an indeterminate species), there was no major wildlife except cows, chipmunks, and squirrels.
I reached the gravel highway at almost exactly 10 am. When I was perhaps 500 yards out, a large, black pickup truck came flying up from the Montana side, headed towards Idaho (where I wanted to go). I was too far away to be able to flag it down or get its attention, but I saw Jetpack spring up and run to the middle of the road, waving her arms. The truck stopped and I saw her parlay with the driver for several seconds before giving an excited jump and running to grab her pack.
At this point I let out a whistle to let her know I was there and took off running, lest I miss the ride by the skin of my teeth. The man, who’s name was Jason, builds cabins and acts as a handyman and general contractor/hunting guide in the area. He drove us the 13 miles into Leadore and dropped us off at a gas station.
This was a tough section, and my ass is kicked. I’m gonna take the rest of the day to rest and resupply, try and find somewhere to sleep, and get back on trail tomorrow morning to start the next 100 mile stretch into Lima, Montana. I’d like to take a day off there and then push hard out of Montana for good.
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