Mayor’s 2019 CDT Redemption Hike Day 74

Mayor's CDT Redemption Hike 2019-Cowboys and Ants

Day- 74
Date- September, 1, 2019
Location- Side of trail
Elevation- 9,406 ft
Distance Traveled Today- 16 miles
Distance Traveled Total- 1,393.8 miles
Weather/Temp- clear,  70s
Injuries- zero
Pain level- zero
Spirits/Morale- Ready to rock!
Wildlife encounters- alpacas
Days without shower- 1
Days without laundry- 1
Hunger/craving- none

First day of September! Yikes!!

The four of us got a late breakfast before Jetpack, Sharkbait, and Leap Frog called a taxi to get back up to Rabbit Ears Pass. My situation was a little more complicated. I needed to get back up to Buffalo Pass. However, most of the road was in such poor condition that the taxi service didn’t go up there. I don’t blame them. 

The Art of the Hitch

So, I ended up using the taxi service to get to the edge of the dirt road at Buffalo Pass (after leaving the motel around 11:30 am). From there I started hitchhiking and got a ride in the back of a pickup with two bicyclists. However, they were only going halfway up. When they got to the halfway point and parked,  I had to hop out and continue hitching. Thankfully it was a holiday weekend, so there was no shortage of people. It wasn’t long before three young people from Denver picked me up in their Subaru Outback – giving me a lift the rest of the way. When I hit the trail it was just turning 1 pm. An hour and a half to go 13 miles back to trail wasn’t too bad (especially given the condition of that God forsaken road). 

I had 15 miles to reach the spot where Jetpack and the other two had hitched in from. Honestly,  that area was going to be my stopping point for the day; so I already knew they were going to be a half day ahead of me.  I only wanted to do those 15ish miles because there’s a 10 mile walk along a busy highway after that. I just didn’t feel like dealing with it at the end of the day. 

The trail was very gradual and graded up to the highway. I ran into several day hikers, mountain bikers, and elk hunters.  Bow season for elk started yesterday. As a result, there will be no shortage of hunters creeping along the trail for probably the vast majority of Colorado. 

Gas Tank is Full

I hiked steady and leisurely up until about 6 miles. At that point I began to feel very queasy and my stomach got upset.  I sat down and stretched out,  breathing deeply for close to 20 minutes.  I fell asleep a couple times. When I woke up the second time, I was feeling a little better and began hiking again. 

From that point on, I was burping and farting like crazy.  And you know what?  I felt 100% better.  I guess the rapid ascent to high elevation did something to my body, causing whatever I ate to finally begin producing gas. Well, so long as I kept farting, I was feeling good!

I didn’t stop again for the rest of the day and finished up 16 miles a little after 6 pm. I’m kinda sandwiched between a popular campground at Rabbit Ears Pass and a busy highway (a couple miles south of it). 

Being in the middle of a long weekend,  there are people camped everywhere. After meandering down a small road for about a mile,  I dodged up an embankment and found a flat spot in some pines.  Now I’m cowboy camped – cozy as a bug in a rug. This is the first day of September, as well as the first day hiking without my hammock.  It’s cowboy camping or tarping from here on out! Should be interesting – we’ll see how it goes.

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