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SlowBro - Continental Divide Trail Journal - 2018

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Mark "SlowBro" Hurd
City: Eugene
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: May 1, 2018
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Jun 27th, 2018
Start: CDT Mile 1334.7
End: CDT Mile 1349.9
Daily Distance: 15.2
Trip Distance: 812.6

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 439
Journal Visits: 40,184
Guestbook Views: 583
Guestbook Entrys: 21

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The Lodge

Arapaho Valley Ranch & Lodge

I must have been pretty tired because I slept through until 6. But I was on the trail by 6:30. The temperature overnight was mild with a low around 45 and the wind finally calm.

There was a cloudless sky as I walked through the forest along babbling Cabin Creek. The trail dropped for a while then climbed slowly then repeated gently most of the morning. I had a trail breakfast in an open glade with sun dappled light.

About half way through the morning I was overtaken by Shaman who started the trail April 2. He did both 13K ft mountains (Flora and James) in one day, yesterday. Pretty impressive. His pace was much faster than mine and he so disappeared ahead.

I have been dropping down in stages. Yesterday 12,000 feet most of the day. Today was 10,000 feet most of the day with a drop to 8,000 feet at the end. Tomorrow there is a short climb back up to 9,000 feet for a couple miles then back to 8,000 for the final miles into Grand Lake.

When I got to 15 miles for the day, I saw a comment in the CDT app about Arapaho Valley Ranch and Lodge being a good place to stay and right on the trail. So I stopped in and found the owners were in town getting supplies, but would be back around 5. So I waited around on the front porch and eventually snagged the husband who said his wife kind of runs the lodge. He texted her and set me up with a room in the lodge for $ 50. Shower down the hall.

The original lodge building was built in 1893 and rustic describes it perfectly. They have a few rooms in the lodge, cabins for rent, teepees, and regular camping also available. The only thing not available are the owners who apparently are quite busy fixing things up during the week. I did finally meet Emily who was super nice and apologized for her absence.

Tomorrow I walk the last 13.4 miles into Grand Lake. My sister-in-law, who lives in Denver, will hike in to meet me then take me back to Denver so I can catch a flight back home. More tomorrow.

Happy Trails

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