Part 2, Day 1 — Things Left Undone

Saturday, June 27 — Miles 267.2-282.1 (14.9 miles for the day)

It’s been just under two years since Isaac and I attempted our Colorado Trail thru-hike. Looking back on that experience, I can still see that ending our trip early was the right decision for us. That said, the idea of “things left undone” has tugged at me a bit. Thanks to COVID-19 (and an inability to do much travel this summer), our schedule is a bit clearer, and it feels like the right time to spend two weeks in the woods to finish out the remaining 220 miles.

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Day 20 — Motivated

Friday, August 24, 2018 — CW Miles 253.0–261.7 (8.7 miles for the day)

When I wake this morning, the first thing I think about is the fact that there’s a town in our future today. Showers! And laundry! And real food! And indoors! I have deeply missed all of these front country essentials. The last week has been stretching, inspiring, and enjoyable, but also hard. I have never been so dirty in my life, and I find that it’s affecting me pretty deeply.Read More »

Day 19 — Hiker Buddies

Thursday, August 23, 2018 — CW Miles 235.0–253.0 (18.0 miles for the day)

Shortly after signing off last night, two of our friends stride into camp, fresh from the evening storm. It turns out Liam and Mel had been just behind us all day, and Dave was just in front. And now we’re all bunched up together at the same campsite. It’s nice to know we aren’t the only crazy people out here.Read More »

Day 18 — Grit

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 — CW Miles 219.1–235.0 (15.9 miles for the day)

The storm raged for most of the night last night, dumping buckets of rain that pooled under our tent and rushing winds that caved our tent poles at abnormal angles. In the early hours of the morning, it let up enough to get some sleep.Read More »

Day 17 — Rain

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 — CW Miles 207.0–219.1 (12.1 miles for the day)

When our alarm goes off we wake to the sound of rain on the tent. There’s no point facing the world just yet, so we hang out for an hour or two. We only need to make 12 miles today, which will set us up for the subsequent 16 miles at high elevation.Read More »