Day 74: (September 11th) 31.2 miles
Day 75: (September 12th) 29.1 miles
Day 76: (September 13th) 32.0 miles
And then, just as I came down from the ridge, a storm moved in. I was near a trailhead, so I hid in a bathroom building to stay dry. And since it was lunchtime anyway, I also ate…in the bathroom.
It started raining, then snowing, then hailing. It stopped after 20 minutes, so….onward!
Day 77: (September 14th) Zero miles
A zero day! I avoided some bad weather, did some food shopping, sampled a local brewery, and had a meal at DQ*. A good day.
Day 78: (September 15th) 25.0 miles
Day 79: (September 16th) 27.2 miles
Day 80: (September 17th) 27.7 miles
Colorado definitely has a very different feel than any previous hiking. Higher elevations, fall colors, occasional frozen precipitation, and….marmots!
In terms of route options, I skipped the RMNP loop (would’ve added 18 miles), in order to get through Colorado a little faster before winter comes. I can always come back and do it as a dayhike!
Next week – hiking the front range, and a couple of 14ers!