Mayor’s 2019 CDT Redemption Hike Day 67

Mayor's CDT Redemption Hike 2019-Jetpack

Day- 67
Date- August 25, 2019
Location- Rawlins
Elevation- 6,699 ft
Distance Traveled Today- 16.8 miles
Distance Traveled Total- 1,248.9 miles
Weather/Temp- clear, windy, 70s, 80s
Injuries- tender feet
Pain level- moderate
Spirits/Morale- tired
Wildlife encounters- pronghorn
Days without shower- 0
Days without laundry- 1
Hunger/craving- none


Today was a little different than most days. Jetpack and I were up and hiking by 4:45 am. Today’s task was to connect our footsteps from where we hitched into Rawlins the previous day. In the dark of early morning we headed north on Hwy 287 for nearly 17 miles. We hiked at a blistering pace without any breaks – finally reaching our target spot on the trail by a little after 9 am. From there, I sat down on the side of the road again while Jetpack did the hitching.

It took 20 minutes before a father and son (towing a horse trailer) pulled over and gave us a lift into town. From there we grabbed breakfast, and still had time before checking out of our room.

Looking Ahead

The plan was to hike another 15 miles to a reservoir and call it a day. However, I was having some shooting pains in my right foot. Quite frankly, I also had a lot of work to do on the journals and blog. Hence, I decided to stay another night and get work done.  Jetpack hiked out with plans for us to meet in Encampment, Wyoming in two days. This will require me to hike about 65 miles in two days. I’m banking on being able to manage that. As of right now, I’m only 100 miles from Colorado. I’m greatly looking forward to getting there within the month of August. Colorado is the last big obstacle of this trail…

Journal Writing

On another note, keeping up with these daily journals is exhausting. Please allow me to share some insights about what goes on behind the scenes of this process. It adds a level of difficulty to the hike that’s hard to convey. I wish I could accurately keep track of how much time is spent on these, as well as how much sleep and free time I sacrifice to keep up with them. I know it may sound like I’m patting myself on the back or expressing frustration… But to be honest, I’m using this as an example of what I talked about yesterday in regards to finding personal meaning and fulfillment.

Writing these journals each night out here isn’t easy. It isn’t fun staying up every night when I just want to sleep. Additionally, it’s not fun sitting in a motel room all day on my zero days trying to edit, fine tune, sift through and upload photos/journal entries, and manage a blog from a cell phone; knowing I could be exploring or hanging out with other hikers, making new friends, and experiencing new things instead. I would absolutely rather be doing all of those other things than this.


I derive an immense sense of purpose, fulfillment, and meaning from communicating about day-to-day life on the trail … while maintaining a record of what I see, do, and experience out here. It also gives me immense joy to share the journey with you the best way I can. The sacrifices made to bring these words and images to you are well worth the extra burden and difficulty they add to this journey.  It ultimately enriches my existence to know that others are finding joy, inspiration, information, and hopefully the courage to pursue similar adventures or endeavors of their own.

So after the hiking, this is what I’ve been working on all day. Not this post exclusively, but everything from the past week. The 24-hour challenge threw a major wrench in my productivity. Tomorrow, I’ll head out as early as I can manage, with plans to get as many miles over 30 as I can. We’ll see how it goes.

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  1. Kyle, I am thoroughly enjoying this adventure of yours. Just as I did when you were on the AT and the Florida trail.
    And I’m currently reading Racing Winter on the PCT…
    Much love to you, my friend …

  2. Happy belated birthday! I want to thank you for all your efforts on your blog. I look forward to reading them daily, and I’m wishing you every success in completing the CDT this time. I’ve been following you since reading your first book a couple years ago, enjoying and learning from you. I’m section hiking the PCT in Washington, and of course day hiking whenever possible. I mention you every day when backpacking, and probably on every day hike also, as I did yesterday on my hike at Mt Rainier. I was telling my hiking partner how I’m interested in hiking the Wind River range, after we finish the PCT next summer. Thanks for all the info, and allowing us into your wonderful world of enjoying and revering the beautiful outdoors.

  3. Kyle – Thank you for the time and effort you put into your blogs. I don’t comment often but I just want you to know that I appreciate the narrative and your thoughts. You do a fantastic job of taking us along on the journey. Maybe a weekly blog would give you some relief. Happy birthday for the other day and the thirties are an excellent decade. re Steve from Oz.

  4. Casually maintaining a blog from the comfort of my easy chair has been rewarding but time consuming and yes, work. I can only imagine (can I really?) what it must be like while hiking the remote, primitive, trails of this beautiful America that have become your daily landscape. You are an explorer and adventurer and allow us to travel along with you. Your perseverance, adventurous spirit, literary talents and self-discovery are inspiring. Your rugged good nature teaches us to be all that we can be. Thanks for being you and sharing.

  5. Thank you for keeping the Blog going. I miss your adventures when you are planning the next one. I will never be able to hike an entire trail. I enjoy hiking but have a disability that wouldn’t allow me to accomplish that. I am contemplating a small portion of the AT in the next few years.
    Thanks again for everything that you do. Most of us will never see the things that you have brought to us. I am very grateful for this.

  6. The saying is “ love what you do for a living and it’ll not be work”. I guess even a cool lifestyle has its drawbacks. BUT, know that we, the readers, love your work. You are truly talented at bringing us along with you. Imagine you’re a backpacker hiking along holding the strings of thousands of balloons. These balloons just jostle around behind you as you go along your 30+ mile days. We, your readers, are the balloons and are lucky you’re taking us along on your adventure. Now, do you feel like there are a bunch of creepers looking over your shoulder?

  7. I have followed you from AT read the book as the PCT and book. Followed your Florida trail blog. U can never know how much I have enjoyed your travels n experiences. The other day my 79 year old husband and I 72 hiked the area you did in Pa. on AT. A section that described so clearly the horrible rocks like glaciers . When we got home I got out your book n read exactly where u had hiked n we had hiked . Bingo . Our feet were tortured! Have to tell U the peace rock U jumped off of is banned now.. Glad u had a great experience !! Still following u on CD Good luck !!

  8. Hi Kyle –
    Thank you so much for sharing your adventures with us! I totally look forward to each day’s post and am grateful for your willingness and commitment to document your trek. You inspire me!!

    Happy hiking –
    Wendy V.

  9. Thanks for taking us along on your adventures! Enjoy reading the entries and you ability to bring us along is awesome.

  10. Just a little story.

    I have been following you since you first started blogging while on the AT, and keeping up with you and Katana. We too have a Shiba who we walk with every day for 3 miles. Not quite your distances, but we have been doing it for 19 years (7 years with our current Shiba and 12 with our prior Shiba). I am also a birder, and several of the areas you have hiked are locations where I have birded.

    As a result of following you, I have shared your journeys with several folks I know or who we meet in our daily lives. Reading your blogs provide a feeling that I am out there with you.

    Some of them are hikers and some have dogs, and seeing how you are able to accomplish what you do, is amazing. Several of them now follow your blogs as well.

    So, just in case you don’t know it, there are a lot of us out there who are following you and reading your blogs. Thank you.

  11. Thank you very much! I have some idea of the time and sacrifice you put in to give us a sense of your journey. While, our little hiking blog is way below your blog’s caliber, it did take a lot of time while hiking the Florida Trail. Happy hiking, Mayor.

  12. I’ve been following your blogs for awhile & love each one but I don’t remember that you used to post every day. I can definitely see how this could be eating into your enjoyment of the hike. Maybe cut back a little posting your blogs. Whatever you decide is still far better reading than anything else I have in my ‘library’.

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