CDT Day 126 (WY – Rawlins to Steamboat)

Sobo Wars: Attack of The Roads

  • CDT Miles: 1,572.3-1,537.4 (34.9)
  • Total Hiked: 2,068.9 miles
  • Elevation Range: 7,080-8,815

“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” Doctor Emmett Brown (Back to the Future)

“I don’t like sand. It’s coarse and rough and irritating, and it gets everywhere.” – Anakin Skywalker (Star Wars: Attack of the Clones)

I started hiking earlier than has been the norm of late. The moon is super bright right now and I was in wide openness with a road walk, pretty ideal “night” hiking. Even as I got going at 6am though, there was a thin orange lens just above the eastern horizon. As I got going I watched as it expanded and transformed to a more yellow hue. There were still stars when I started, just the brightest ones, but they faded quickly. Really, it was a nice change up and a chance to get a different perspective out here.

So I knew I had a lot of gravel road walking today. Though “Doc” believes roads to be quite superfluous, out here on the CDT, that’s the way we do it sometimes. I didn’t know it’d be most of the day though. Really, it was just the last four miles that I got some trail. Some was two track and all of it was quite gentle, so I made good time, hence the big mileage day.

I saw quite a bit of wildlife actually. At least 10 mule deer, at least 10 grouse/pheasant-like birds, a few pronghorn, several cows (ok, I know they don’t count), heard some coyotes, and 1 tiny baby horned toad lizard.

Most of the day was very much “the basin,” but nearing the end of the day, I started up into some hills and entered into the transition zone of something different. I started getting trees and even some thick forest groves, complete with dead fall and everything.

Also later in the day, I got some weather. I could see it coming my way and so had some time to get ready. At one point, I unpacked and brought my tent to the top just in case I needed to do a quick setup later on. I also decided I’d boil the water and get my dinner “hot soaking,” also in case it kept raining and I didn’t feel like dining outside.

My new Sawyer mini…

Finally, a natural water source!

Started seeing some Aspens, first far off in higher parts of the hills…

Then, more trees and far off bigger hills. Mountains even?

Skies growing a little dark around 3pm already.

The trail went straight up this steep hill through my first patch of trees in the basin.

Darker and more ominous the skies grew.

My stop and prep. for rain break…

Well, it hit. Pretty steady rain and some thunder and lightning for a bit. Wasn’t too excited about the fact that I’d just returned to the asphalt road during this part. Still felt ok since there was stuff higher up than me, but at times I went into the ditch walking.

Once things calmed down a bit, I felt alright taking some pics. Got a nice rainbow 🙂

And made it to “The Bow.” That’s what folks call it I’m pretty sure. Don’t know that for a fact, but I imagine it’s true…

The transition begins…

Going up. And had trail now, albeit steep, straight up type of trail.

Now I was getting into the trees.

I hiked pretty late today and was quite tired you can imagine. Ate in the dark for the first time in a while. But dang, a successful day of crushing some miles. It was pretty windy as I set up, but felt I was tucked away enough from the more exposed ridge I had set up near.

Album of the Day

“Of Men And Angels” – The Rocket Summer (2010)

Podcasts of the Day

“Violence in the Old Testament” – Aaron Buer (Ada Bible Church: The Bible series)

“The Longest Distance Between Two Points” – This American Life

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