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David "Day-Late" Thibault
City: Venice
State: FL
Country: USA
Begins: Jul 1, 2021
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Jul 1st, 2021
Start: Sopkane WA
End: St Mary's MT

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Travel to Trail (Day 2)

Got aboard the Amtrak train at around 1:15.?? Found a seat in coach and attempted to get some sleep.?? I managed to get some but it wasn't the most comfortable night of sleep I ever had.
I was up just before sunrise and got to watch the sunrise from the window of the train.?? The ride to East Glacier park was nice ad scenic.?? I have been on the road near Glacier and recognized a few locations from previous travels.?? The train went pretty slow through the twists and turns of the park and we ended up getting into East Glacier about 45 minutes later than scheduled.
I was able to find a ride with a shuttle service that took me to Two Medicine Ranger station where I was able to get my camping spots thruough the park.?? The spots I got are not ideal but they should work.?? The first two days are both 14 miles which should help let me accimate to the trail a bit and I will not be on the official CDT for all of day 1, I will be on an alternative as there is no easy way to get to the offical start without going into Canada and the boarder crossing is effectively closed for leasure travel.
The 3rd day I have a 20 miler then a killer 30 and 27 mile day scheduled.?? Hopefully things will be a little cooler by those long day but all the campspots where taken so I will just attempt to get an earl start and plough through on those dates.?? Beside Glacier I have to reserve spots when I get to yellowstone but that is really it for the rest of the trail.
I have a shuttle ride up to the trailhead from St. Mary's.?? I am camping at the shuttle drivers place and will get a ride up first thing in the morning.?? Te park service usually runs some shuttles to St. Mary's but they aren't running yet.?? I have 5 1/2 days I should be in Glacier NP.?? For some reason my phone is very intermittent when connecting here so ou might not see these journal entries fro a while as I suspect it will be at least 5 days before I get service.?? Lokiing forward to starting the trail tomorrow- just hope the heat breaks a bit soon.?? I'll attempt to hit a stream or lake to cool off when I can.

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