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Mark "SlowBro" Hurd
Begins: May 1, 2018
Date: Tue, Jun 12th, 2018
Start: CDT Mile 788.6
End: CDT Mile 792.4
Daily Distance: 3.8
Trip Distance: 600.3
Entry Visits: 149
Journal Visits: 15,533
Guestbook Views: 174
Guestbook Entrys: 18
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Cappuccino Looks Down On Cumbres Pass
I lay awake half the night listening to branches fall off the dead trees nearby. The beetles have killed millions of trees in these forests and it has been especially bad as we have approached Colorado. These forests are gray skeletons of dead trees stand next to dying trees with thousands of their fallen comrades laying helter-skelter on the forest floor. Ghost forests I call them. Young trees are unaffected so there are a few trees for our hammocks, but finding a place where no dead trees might fall on you was almost impossible.
Somehow we made it through the night unscathed and after a quick cup of joe, we walked to the Colorado border then down to Cumbres Pass and Highway 17 to Chama.
Our hitching efforts were futile as only 3 cars passed us in the 45 minutes we tried. Cappuccino had the number of a Trail Angel in Chama who agreed to come pick us up, but then Trail Angels, Ralph and Wendy stopped on their way to take a hiker to the Great Divide Alternate (GDA) route and asked us if we need a ride. We took them up on their offer and called the first Trail Angel to cancel. It turns out that last night they closed the CDT through the San Juan National Forest and everyone now is taking the GDA. We rode out to the GDA where it crosses the Conejos River, let off the other hiker, and went back to Chama.
Cappuccino and I each had an enormous breakfast, picked up my resupply box at the Post Office, checked out a few shops, and then she headed back to Albuquerque. I will really miss her. It was nice to have a hiking partner to share the experience and she is such a natural thru-hiker, pulling off 17 and 20 mile days and thousands of feet of elevation gain without any complaint. Safe travels my friend.
The CDT is closed from Cumbres Pass north through the San Juan National Forest due to forest fires, but I had planned on taking the GDA anyway, so for now there is no change in my plans.
I will be taking a zero in Chama tomorrow then out to the GDA route on Thursday.
"I can't say as ever I was lost, but I was bewildered once for three days." -Daniel Boone
"The Journey IS The Reward" -SlowBro
"If you feel like quitting, just keep walking." -Gypsy Spirit