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Pierre "Jackrabbit" Provost
City: Vancouver
State: WA
Country: USA
Begins: Aug 27, 2018
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Sep 9th, 2018
Start: Rabbit Ears Wilderness
End: Steamboat Springs
Daily Distance: 15
Trip Distance: 183.0
Hours Hiked: 9
People Met: 5

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 93
Journal Visits: 2,087
Guestbook Views: 52
Guestbook Entrys: 8

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Road walk, Beautiful Clouds, no camping

Beautiful Clouds on Road Walk

From: Pierre and Betsy
Subject: Dirt Road Day

September 9, 2018 Sunday

For a dirt road, it has been a beautiful and fabulous walk today, mostly downhill, not all chewed up and lined with occasional with aspen groves. We camped dry last night, up high, slept in and had an extra cup of coffee before heading out to another picture perfect day. It poured on our tent last night just as we were going to sleep and all had dried before morning. It is that dry here.
As this is a waterless section according to the maps and Guthook, we have been a little anxious not knowing for sure whether we would be screwed without water. We found a couple of decent water sources by talking with folks along the trail and looking carefully at the comments in Guthook.
Our awesome water (truly!) is a small cool running stream that definitely needs filtering as there are cow patties right next to the water.
With sufficient water in our packs, we headed toward the 11 mile stretch of paved road, planning to camp near this so that we could hike it in the morning. The problem we ran into is that in the final mile of the dirt road where we planned to camp was all wide open dry pasture posted No Trespassing. It was 3:30 and we hit the paved road. No place to camp there either for the next 11 miles.
So we hiked the road a bit, cars zooming by at 60 mph with minimal to no shoulder. Yes, this is really a part of he CDT!
This did not make sense so when we found a widening in the road, we set up for a hitch (which we were going to need to do anyway to get into Steamboat Springs), and got a ride in 10 minutes- all the 35 miles into town. We will not lose a minutes sleep skipping this dangerous section of highway walk.
We are now happily in our motel room happily fed and beered.

Animal report: Townie magpies

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Pierre And Betsy

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