- July 4, 2013
- Start - 6:10am
- End - 5:45pm
- Distance - 29 mi.
- Segment - 6
- Lunch Break - 20 min lunch
- Rest Stop - 15 min
I had a more leisurely morning at my crummy Kenosha Pass campsite. I slept very well only waking once at 3:15am. I then slept til my alarm went off at 4:45. And thank goodness, I didn't have to go pee in the middle of the night like the day before. Creepy! I had the usual breakfast of coffee, oatmeal and donuts…and then I was off on the trail. This day is the tale of two halves. Miles 0-15 were awesome. The trail from Kenosha to Georgia Pass was stunning.
|Day 2 - Segment 6 awaits|
|Highway 285 cutting through South Park.|
|Hiking in the early morning was always my favorite time of the day.|
|Georgia Pass just right of center.|
|6 miles down, 6 to go - Georgia Pass! Yeah, thumbs up until the mosquitoes attacked 10 second later.|
|The scene at the start of the attack. Jefferson Creek and home to swarms of menacing mosquitoes.|
|Mt. Guyot (pr. gee-yoh).|
|The final pitch to the pass. The first time above treeline.|
|The trail above treeline is short. You can see Keystone Resort in the distance and that's where I was headed.|
|Happy Fourth of July!|
|My lunch spot. Georgia Pass is just to the left of Mt. Guyot.|
|Getting ridiculously hot now! My face looked just like this.|
|Hiking further and further away from Georgia Pass.|
|The Colorado Chainsaw Massacre. This movie played out for miles of unshaded and baking forest!|
I decided to call it a day around mile 29. 4 miles short of segment 6's end.
|Um, no. I was not setting up camp down this trail!|
Today featured interactions with many more people. All the hikers were thru hikers heading to Durango. Some of them didn't look so hot. I’m guessing the CT honeymoon was over. The mountain bikers on the trail were a piece of work. At least 5 times bikers came up behind me silently, only to announce themselves and cause me to jump. Argh! Couldn't they have said something 50’ back?
Oh well, off to the Ten Mile Range and Copper Mountain tomorrow. It should be a great day. And I’m going to settle for nothing short of an amazing campsite tomorrow night. Thanks to the deer for wandering into my campsite tonight. See, there is beauty in the beetle-killed trees!