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Begins: Aug 10, 2010
Date: Sat, Aug 28th, 2010
Daily Distance: 0
Trip Distance: 419.0
Min Elevation: 9300
Max Elevation: 9300
Entry Visits: 388
Journal Visits: 7,916
Guestbook Views: 442
Guestbook Entrys: 19
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This journal entry combines the three days I spent in Silverton, pretty much taking it easy and trying to figure out just what to do in the coming 10 days.
Saturday morning, Bart and I headed to breakfast where I had a pretty good stack of blueberry pancakes. I was in no hurry to make plans, so I hung out in my room for a while reading books on the history of Silverton and the San Juan mining culture that the hostel had on hand. I also got a chance to talk with the hostel owner, Robbie, about his plans for the place. He is doing great work on the hostel and seems to be a really nice guy. Helluva a fisherman and skier as well. Robbie has an old yellow lab named Buddy who helped me a bit to deal with my missing of my dogs.
Later on in the afternoon, the couple that I saw at the tail end of the hike yesterday showed up at the hostel. Mary Lou and Chris are from Vermont and are veteran through hikers, having done the PCT and the AT. Seems they even know Bart, having seen him speak at a conference at one time. We talked for a bit, then Bart and I headed to dinner where I had a surprisingly good green chile cheeseburger. We also had a couple of beers and talked for a while.
Sunday, Bart left relatively early to head back up to the trail. He was able to find someone to give him a ride, though the price of $ 35 was a bit steep. Of course, that road is a lot steep so maybe it was worth it. After Bart left, I headed over to the outdoor store in town to try and get an idea of where I should hike to next. I picked up a couple of maps and got some good information from the former forest ranger who worked at the store. I was also able to add some pictures to some earlier journal entries for the 13th through the 15th, so go back and check those out. The rest of the night was lazy, as I polished off a pizza and read some more, this time a book on the Hell's Angels written by Hunter Thompson. Interesting read to say the least.
Monday about 4:30 AM I woke up to the sound of thunder and hail smacking against my window. It had not let up by 9 and I decided that I would not be leaving the warm confines of Silverton on this day. Chris and Mary Lou agreed, so we were off to get more blueberry pancakes. It was still raining when we got back, and some of the peaks surrounding the town were dusted with snow. Definitely a wise decision to stay. In fact, almost everyone at the hostel decided to stick around another day.
Additionally, after a discussion with Jen and some other input from family, I have decided to not do any additional hiking, but rather head out tomorrow down the CT and finish the trail. I need to drive a car across the country and an early start to my job means I have little time to get stuff done. Besides, I think that I have proven to myself what I set out to prove and I am looking forward to getting started on the post-school life. 35 days in the woods made sense when I had 180 days post bar, but it doesn't make as much sense when I only have 60. 26 days in the woods will be plenty.
So, there you have it. Headed back out on the trail tomorrow. I have 105 miles to Durango, including the 10 miles up to Stony Pass to get started. I figure I can get that done in 4 hard days or 5 average ones, so I should be in town by Saturday at the latest, then off to the east coast to get a car and drive it back. Looking forward to listening to music and eating fast food. Night to all.
The Colorado Trail is a 486-mile long-distance trail running from the mouth of Waterton Canyon southwest of Denver to Durango in Colorado, United States. Its highest point is 13,271-foot above sea level, and most of the trail is above 10,000-foot. Learn more: www.coloradotrail.org