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Atticus - Colorado Trail Journal - 2015

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Begins: Aug 21, 2015
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Aug 28th, 2015
Start: Twin Lakes
End: Twin Lakes
Daily Distance: 0
Trip Distance: 176.5

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 915
Journal Visits: 4,053
Guestbook Views: 302
Guestbook Entrys: 17

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Can't He Make Up His D--N Mind?

So, I walked out the door today set to walk back up the trail. Legs felt good, feet felt good, and the weather was great. And then, almost immediately upon setting foot on the trail, I realized I had absolutely zero desire to walk the same trail I had just walked. So, I turned around and headed back to town. The effort was worth it when it had a purpose. But walking back up the trail, when my brother can come pick me up on Sunday instead (allowing for even more time spent with him) seemed like nothing more than self-flagellation. So I am going to be a Twin Lakes resident for a few days.

Was the hike a failure? Maybe. From a pure mileage standpoint it was for sure. But I think overall it was a successful substitute for the planned PCT hike. I pushed hard, thought much, and was incredibly grateful for all of the support and comments the last week. I am stronger mentally and physically than I was a week ago, I shared a great meal and good conversation with some new and interesting people, and I will get the opportunity to spend time with my brother and with Jen for more time than originally planned. I will call it a win.

I still have the Washington PCT in my sights though. Maybe next year it won't be so scared of me that it lights itself on fire.

So, my SPOT is turned off, and my tent is put away. No more GPS stalking. But to those of you who followed me along this abbreviated trip, I can't tell you how much it meant. Thank you.

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Adjudication By Conflagration

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:


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