- July 3, 2013
- Start - 5:55am
- End - 5:37pm
- Distance - 30 mi.
- Segments - 4+5
- Lunch Break - 20 min.
This morning I celebrated surviving my first night in a tent all by myself. I wished it would be uneventful, but I had to pee really bad - at 12:45am. I dreaded to get out of my tent and enter the scary blackness that awaited on the other side of the canvas wall. But there was no way I could wait three more hours, so out I went. There was no bear or mountain lion waiting for me outside. Nothing happened - except me experiencing relief! I climbed back in my sleeping bag and drifted off again once my heart stopped racing. I woke up again at 4:15am and thought I could pack up the tent in the early morning light. Ha! Not in the forest! No, I was back outside doing all that in the deep darkness by headlamp. All went well and it afforded me an early start before 6:00am.
|The first of many goofy pictures at signs along the way.|
|I loved the first few hours. Aspen groves and cool temps - forest hiking at its best.|
|The beginning on Long Gulch.|
|It's called Long Gulch for a reason. 7 miles of this.|
|While this hat looks incredibly dorky, it was probably my favorite piece of gear for this trip.|
|First glimpse of South Park and the Continental Divide.|
|Getting tired. This was at mile 25.5 for the day with 6 more to go.|
|Storms are brewing.|
|The HIGHLIGHT of the entire trip!|
|That ain't no cow!|
|The stare down.|
|Big fella decides I'm not all that interesting.|
|And like that, my friend was gone.|
|Many afternoon storms pass behind me.|
|Approaching Kenosha Pass. It can't come soon enough.|