Starting location: South Fooses Creek East
Ending location: Seven Tank Creek
Distance: 21 miles
Elevation gained: 3200 ft
Photo: mountains and the dry trail
1 word summary of the day: miles!
For the second night in a row we had very little rain! It rained for about 15 minutes around 9pm, but then stopped for the rest of the night and once again a dry tent in the morning.
Today was a marathon day in terms of miles hiked - 21 miles, a new record! Unfortunately it wasn't really by choice. I was entering a really dry section so once again had to carry 4+ liters of water with me as I wasn't expecting to find any water at all before I got to camp. And since i like to camp by water if at all possible, that dictated the 20+ mile day. Wow the pack was heavy with all that water, especially climbing up an 1800 ft ascent to reach the continental divide. The Colorado Trail and The Continental Divide Trail are once again the same for the next 120+ miles, and I met a couple of guys this morning who were hiking the CDT - over 2500 miles from Mexico to Canada along the continental divide - now that's a long trek!
So I left camp at 6.30am and arrived at camp just after 4:00pm, a long hiking day. The last 4-5 miles or so were pretty much mental, as I was beat by then! At least I saw some other people on the trail - the two CDT hikers, and a bunch of mountain bikers and dirt bikers (noisy!).
I'm now resting in camp, contemplating dinner, and wondering when/if Veda and Wonder will arrive or if they'll dry camp earlier. At least tomorrow will be a shorter day for me! And then Sunday it'll also be a shorter hike and then catch a ride into Gunnison for a resupply and rest day. Yippee!