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Jeff "Stix" Krueger
City: River City
State: Iowa
Country: United States of America
Begins: Jul 20, 2013
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Aug 5th, 2013
Trip Distance: 485.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,062
Journal Visits: 2,707
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Raya atop the Continental Divide at Georgia Pass.


We're on the grand daddy of the Triple Crown, the Continental Divide Trail. What makes it more hardcore than the AT and the PCT? For one, it's 1,000 miles longer than the AT and 500 miles longer than the PCT. The distance between resupply points is greater, the hitches longer, and water sources in many Southern sections are nonexistent. Not to mention that the trail is incomplete and requires you to chose your own adventure via jeep roads, trails, and cross-country routes.
Raya and I are currently napping on the side of it. We can't brag too much, however, as we're on the 314-mile section it shares with the Colorado Trail, debatedly the most accessible and easy to handle section of the CDT. Also, debatedly the most beautiful section of the CDT.
So far, it's been amazing! And the NorthBounders keep telling us it only gets better.
The next sections, which take us along the Eastern edge of the Collegiate Mountains and beneath Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive, Colorado's highest peaks, are familiar to me because I've hiked much of it leading trips for Sanborn Western Camps. Heck, I might even run into one of the boys' 4-5 day long trips. Anyway, I look forward to summitting a few 14ers I've yet to check off my list along the way.
Back to the CDT, I don't have much more to say about it right now except that some of my pee is on its way to the Pacific and some is on its way to the Atlantic.
Until next time, stay hydrated!

One Love,
X and Raya

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Me And My Mutt On The Colorado Trail

X and Raya
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