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City: Canon City
Begins: Aug 11, 2015
Date: Tue, Aug 11th, 2015
Start: Dubois, Wyo
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Continental Divide Trail Map
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I'm doing it again. Disappearing into the wilderness for a few weeks in search of the the solitude that only complete desolation and isolation can provide me. I need to get away from people. Away from greed and distrust and confusion. Away from technology. Away from work and responsibility and duties. I need my trail.
I began feeling it months ago - that gnawing, itchy feeling, like my skin was too tight, my nerves sending irritable SOS signals to my subconsciousness to run. I love my job, but it's seven straight months of working seven days a week, sometimes ninety hours a week for months on end. I'm good at my job, but I don't like who I turn into, come July and August, when I'm so figety, burned out and stressed that I can't even breathe without that constricting band of stress tightening my lungs and fraying my nerves. I can't even stand being around myself, let alone the poor souls who work around me. I work, eat, fall into bed, get up and work again for two hundred days straight.
Late last month, the boss gave the OK to shut down for the season. I threw my few belongings in my little pop up camper, took a shower, and threw all my work clothes in the dumpster on the way out the drive.
The last couple weeks, I've walked around like a zombie, my mind in a post-work, confused fog. I haven't been able to get it together and know it's because I haven't had the good mental cleansing I'll get from a month of solitary un-confinement. I need a six hundred mile detox.
Tomorrow, I start my treatment. I'm riding with family to Dubois, Wyoming then hiking south on the Continental Divide Trail as far as I can. I'm hoping to reach Copper Mountain, Colorado, before the snow flies and I have to head in for the year. Copper is where the Colorado Trail ties into the CDT, and where I first hit CDT tread last year. I don't know that I'll ever have time to do a true thru hike of the CDT, where the entire trail is completed in one attempt, but I'll definitely get it done in sections, a few hundred miles at a time.
I've never hiked in Wyoming, only been to the state a couple times, but I know that when I step into that familiar tread in the morning, I'll be coming home again.
Embracing the brutality, one step at a time.
The Continental Divide Trail is a national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada via New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. This unfinished trail can potentially span up to 3,100 miles. Learn more: www.continentaldividetrail.org