Mayor’s 2019 CDT Redemption Hike Day 97

Mayor's CDT Redemption Hike 2019-Bacon Pickles

Day 97
September 24, 2019

Zero Day

Today was a zero day – and a guilty one at that. Why? Because it was an absolutely gorgeous day that would have been better spent hiking. Oh well, we had things to do.

I spent most of the day figuring out my resupply and working on the blog. It’s gotten to the point where I can’t hardly do anything blog related without falling asleep while doing it. Zero days aren’t zero days. I almost need two zero days… One to do work, and one to actually do nothing but catch up on rest.

Count Down is On

There’s less than 200 miles left in Colorado, but it’s the hardest and most volatile 200 miles of the entire trail.  Tomorrow we’ll begin a 117 mile push to the final Colorado town of Pagosa Springs.  The trail will be at or over 12k feet for 95% of the time and there will be virtually no tree cover for this entire stretch.  It’s going to be dicey – no doubt! We are sure to catch some weather at some point. The only question is… how bad?

I’ve bought a half dozen pairs of hand warmers, and I’m bringing five plastic bags to use as liners in my shoes in case of fresh snow. We’re trying to do this in five days. However, if the weather gets bad, there’s no telling. The elevation profile looks crazy, so every day is going to be a fight.


I’m a bit anxious, but I think it’ll be a fun and interesting stretch. By the time you’re reading this, I’ll either be through the San Juans and into New Mexico, or I’ll be dead.

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  1. I trust that you are not dead right now! Thanks for taking the time to work on the blog. I really look forward to your stories. Best of luck on the big push!

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