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Carl "Z-man" Zimmerman
City: Austin
State: TX
Country: USA
Begins: Jul 10, 2014
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Jul 12th, 2014
Start: Small Creek before Morrison Creek
End: Craig Creek Headwaters
Daily Distance: 14.6
Trip Distance: 45.1
Entry Lat: 39.3388
Entry Lng: -105.28337

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 305
Journal Visits: 5,252
Guestbook Views: 683
Guestbook Entrys: 5

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Day #3 of Colorado Trail hike

I woke @ 5 am. My back again gave me problems during the night. I packed up camp & started hiking @ 6:16. Steve & Dan were still in camp. I wished them well & started down the trail.

I hit the creek before Tramway @ 7:34. I hit Buffalo Creek camp & creek @ 8:22. I treated water here as I had a good little stretch with little water. I hit Rd 5501C @ 9:58. A creek @ 11:09. The Lost Creek TH @ 11:29. During part of the hike, we hiked near a rifle range. There were signs to stay on the trail. I didn't wander off. There was frequent gunfire at the range.

Around the Lost Creek TH, I met a couple of young guys who were thru-hiking the CT. They walked faster than me but took enough breaks that I was able to catch up w/ them several times. This later portion of the trail was actually an old forest road in the wilderness area (not open to bikes). Along the way, I met a young, male/female couple. We talked briefly. He looked at my ULA pack & asked where all I had hiked before. I told him about my AT hike last year & a previous JMT hike I'd done. He told me that he thought was I a thru-hiker. I told him that I attempting to thru-hike the CT but my back had been giving me troubles. I wasn't sure if I was going to make it or not. The couple had thru-hiked the AT in 2011. They had a friend who had hiked the AT in 2013. They asked me if I'd ever met 'Aquaman.' Strangely enough, I had. It was one of those 'Small world' moments.

Around 2 pm (a few minutes later), I came upon a nice stream & small campsite nearby. The clouds were looking ominous again. Everyone was getting water. There was even a black backpacker (rare to see) on the trail here. According to my map, it looked like this camp site & another one 4-5 miles down the trail. I decided to stop for the day. All the others kept going (in hindsight, I should have as well).

I set up camp. Not long afterward, it started to rain pretty hard. Last about 2 hrs. My back was giving my problems when ever I turned on my sleeping pad. After it stopped, I got up & made dinner. I cleaned up my mess. Then, it started raining again. It rained for another 1.5 hrs. It stopped & allowed me to get up & pee while it was still light. Not long afterward, it started raining again. Even harder & longer than the other two times. The rain was hitting my tent's roof so loud that I couldn't go to sleep. I had to put in earplugs to dampen the noise. The area around my tent soon became completely saturated w/ rain. Between the condensation & rain splatter reaching my netting, I got a little damp in the tent. My back again was giving me great problems as I tried to sleep.

With my back giving me problems, I was going to reach a hwy on day 5 & decide if I wanted to continue onward on my hike. I was also scheduled to reach Breckenridge on day 7 if I felt okay to keep going but could later decide to end my hike if my back didn't get better.

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