Continental Divide Trail – Day 27 (8 miles)
I didn’t sleep a lot last night. It turns out Enigma, the guy that I was sharing the motel room with snores rather loudly. Before he left for the trail, he did give me one of his extra shirts. It is not a lot of warmth but will help until I can pick up my warm jacket in a little over a week.
Anyway, I got going at 8 when the grocery store opened. I resupplied my food supply for the few days to the next town and then met up with Bartender, Minutes and Slingshot and Z – two groups that both arrived this morning – for a catch-up.
It was then time to head over to the library to write my journals. Writing my journal is an interesting debate. I enjoy it sometimes, while others all I want to do is go to sleep. Yet there is something rewarding about reflecting and documenting the days’ events.
Chama is supposed to be easy to hitch, but 2.5 hours later I was still standing by the road with my thumb out. I was across from the pub and a patron eventually took pity on me and offered a lift up to the trailhead.
It was then climbing time. Into Colorado and the South San Juans I go! I was pumped, this is going to be an epic section!
After a couple of hours of walking, I reached my first pass and the views opened up to a true mountain vista. Spring was flowing out of the shale (I replaced my town water with the fresh stuff), rocky crags littered the upper reaches of the ridges, and meadows and trees spread out through the valley.
It was interesting and concerning to see that half the pine trees have been killed by that beetle that I have forgotten the name of. This created lifeless trunks intermingled with the green trees and is (I assume) the reason for the excessive downfall of trees across the trail of late.
I found an excellent ledge above the trail that offered a majestic view down the valley and the sunset behind. I could not turn down this perfect campsite and stopped a little earlier than planned.
The campsite is at 11,500ft (3,400m), so it may be a smidgeon cold. That extra down I shoved into my bag might come in handy the first night?