Continental Divide Trail – Day 11 (39 miles)
Well, today was a contrast. The first 3 miles was cross country from the water source, the next 22 miles was on a straight, flat gravel road and the last bit was on a new and very steep trail.
Last night was pretty cold with some ice in EZ’s water bottle. I packed up before him and started walking. In the first 30 minutes, I saw 14 elk as they turned tail and ran away from me.
Once I got onto the road I decided to see how far and fast I could go. I got into a fantastic groove and just went until the water 20 miles in. My body felt great but I was thoroughly bored after a couple of hours and put on an audiobook for the remainder of the road walk.
At the water source, I was contemplating my next 15-mile waterless stretch and started to question why I was walking 30 minutes off trail for a cow pond. I decided to camel up and carry for the 27 miles to the one after.
After a climb on the road, it converted to trail for the remainder of the day. It was steep! After the flat road, my body was in a bit of shock. I was committed to continuing to push myself so ended up huffing and puffing for the rest of the afternoon, with some burning in my legs that I have not really had on this trail to date.
It was a great view of the surrounding countryside, but the wind whipping across the ridge and made for an interesting camp. I set up my tarp to block the wind and snuggled into bed.
It was 7pm and with the hard hiking all day I was dead.