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Scott "Voyageur / Voyager" Piddington
City: Sanbornton
State: New Hampshire
Country: United States
Begins: Jun 26, 2015
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Sep 9th, 2015
Start: Same camp as 2010Thunder storm night
End: South Pass, Wyoming
Daily Distance: 13.7
Trip Distance: 1,148.7

Journal Stats
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South Pass / End Chunk 2

I got up a little late this morning. It was only 13.7 miles to South Pass and Hoghway 28. There was no big hurry. The trail was easy with moderate to flat grades. It was in much better condidtion and better marked than 4 and 5 years ago and therefore easier to follow. It came down out of the mountains an across the high desert. 2.7 miles from the highway I noticed the place I had camped that first night in 2011 to stage my ascent and avoid altitude sicknes that time. On the last carsonitd post with CDT seal stickers on it, I duckt taped a note to Swan and Lauri saying was a great time I had with them. Then it was out to the highway.

It is just a 2 lane 70 mile per hour highway with no shoulder. There is a post with a CDT sticker at the gate in the barbed witer fence 20 feet from the highway but no sign on the road saying "Hey! Here's the CDT." So stood there in the amazing Wyoming wind and each time a vehicle came by I tryed to hold my hitch sign against the wind and stuck my thumb out. It is not a busy road so there is time t wait between vehicles. There is also a lot of commercial traffic. It wasn't that long amazingly before someone pulled over. It took them a while to figure me out and then to stop so I had to run quite a ways to get to them. It was a big pick up with bikes in the back and towing a small Airstream trailer. The couple, Andy & John were a few years older than me and on a vacation trip celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. They had been in Glacier NP for a while till the weather turned on them. They live in Salt Lake City but they weren't quite ready to go home just yet. They dropped me in Rock Springs, Wyoming and headed out to Bear Lake, a tradition of theirs. These wre great folks. We had a wonderful time talking on the ride. John got me an icecream before we parted. Happy anniversary!!

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