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Day 87: 10/18/17 Mesa Verde National Park to Dolores, CO

Miles: 22 Steps: 42,155 Vertical gain: 1,125 ft. Liquid consumed: 164 oz. Wildlife: Dogs (stop raising your hair and barking st me please, unleashed pups?), horses, cattle Faith in Humanity: Met some really nice workers at a Mexican restaurant. Very interested in my trip and really nice in general! I awoke pretty early in the campground and it was quite chilly. Got all packed up as normal and was on the trail by 7:45am I think. First 4 Miles was on the winding park road which was really pretty with great views of the Moncos Valley and Cortez. I only had to walk the highway for about a mile! Oh 160, we sure have had some times. I walked secondary roads which are nicer in terms of traffic, but of course then I’m exposed to dogs. Please dog owners: I do love dogs, and I’m sure your dog is real nice to you, but could you just make sure they’re secure when you’re gone? I feel like this is something that prevents people from running or cycling in many areas. No one wants to confront sketchy pups. Thank you that is all. I got passed 3 times by police on the road but no one stopped. That’s nice! Obviously I’m not doing anything wrong and they can see that, yay! Glad I didn’t have to use the restroom much today, really nowhere to hide! Nice low traffic roads, but fences on both sides almost the entire way! Before I knew it though I was 21 miles in and walking through Dolores, CO. I really needed a restroom so I went to a Mexican restaurant and ate lunch and used the facilities. 1 super tasty shredded beef burrito later and I’m a happy Hiker! Only option for lodging tonight is a hotel since the campground closed a few days ago for the season, so I walked down and paid for night. Relaxed and planned some of my upcoming route, talked to my friend Naomi for a while as she’s planning on joining me for a section in Utah. I hope she comes, it’d be nice to have company for a few days! Not much else to say. I did see a funny show on Comedy Central with a very dry humor comedian that I really liked. Not sure what it was called though so that’s really not helpful. 3 days until Telluride!

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