View/Sign my Guestbook
Begins: Jul 13, 2013
Date: Sun, Jul 14th, 2013
Daily Distance: 11.1
Trip Distance: 19.8
Entry Visits: 414
Journal Visits: 16,209
Guestbook Views: 1,394
Guestbook Entrys: 7
Last PLB Location
Colorado Trail Map
(Click image for full size)
What a day. I slept relatively well last night which was a good start to the day. Everything after that was a bit of a trial. When Cody got up, I knew we were in trouble. His feet were very sore. I made the decision to carry his pack and he walked fine all the way to the South Platte River, but when he laid down he struggled to get up again. I thought maybe there might be cell phone coverage, but there was none. I quickly made the decision to use the Spot device with our pre-determined message to get Mr. C. off the trail, once I started the signal I found a hiker who was leaving and asked him to call Thaddeus, my trail angel, as well as Kerry, so they would know what was going on and also, so Kerry wouldn't worry.
I set the Spot off a little after 11 and Thaddeus drove up a little after 2. I was trying to work out why this happened so soon after we got on the trail; after all, Cody has walked thousands of miles. I started to think about the conditions-- hot gravel road and dog-pack. I think the culprit was the road we walked on for 6 miles, the pack compounded the problem. The good news is that Mr, C, is safe and off his feet--I'm hoping he will rejoin me at Breckenridge in five days. The bad news is that I've lost my hiking buddy!
It was pretty country coming down to the South Platte River--high, tall forests over-looking valleys through filtered views, we saw more wild flowers and some spectacular swallowtail butterflies. I saw one fritillary (butterfly) too.
While I was waiting for Thaddeus, Ed/Brit, whom I met on the CT trail forum happened by and we chatted for awhile. It turned out he is from Newcastle, which is near Durham, where my mother's family is from. We talked some more while he thought about what he wanted to do, then he hiked on.
After Cody left with Thaddeus (already acting like he owned the place!), I set off over the Gudy Gaskill bridge, hoping to make up some time. I climbed the mountain and found Ed set up for the night. He was tired, thinking perhaps the altitude was affecting him. I continued on and 2 hours later came right back to him. I was very confused--apparently when I sat down to rest I went back the way I came instead of continuing on. I have never done that before, I was tired and the clouds covered the sun, I think I was distracted. Cody would not have let me make that mistake. And I felt stupid. So I didn't go very far today. About 3 miles in on segment 2, I think. I hope I have enough water to get me to the next little stream about 8 miles away.
So I'm feeling a little let down. I suppose being humbled is good, it helps us get our priorities straight!
I think it's going to rain again.
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