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Day 84: 10/16/17  Durango to the woods!

October 18, 2017

 



Miles: 23.2
Steps: 44,907
Vertical gain:  2,847 ft.
Liquid consumed:  121 oz.
Wildlife: Cattle, that’s really all I think I saw other than some humans.
Faith in Humanity:Roby, you’re awesome.  Thanks so much for letting me stay 2 nights at your house.  Great getting to know you, hope we can stay in touch!

Well, I woke up and although it might be nice to stay longer, I need to keep on moving along. I did sleep in a bit though and hit the road at about 9:15

I wanted to comment about my pace:  it has slowed!  Haha.  It seems like I had a blistering pace until Northern CO but since then I have been going much slower.  A couple times I’ve thought how I’m going too slow, blah blah.  The reality is: this is a super long trip.  While I do need to be very cautious about finances I also really need to listen to my body and stay healthy!  I also need to have fun!  I was offered a free condo in Winter park: why not stay a few days and enjoy it? Why not go to the ALDHA-WEST Gathering and get incredibly inspired by other thru hikers (it was amazing!). Why not take some days off immediately afterwards with my friend from the AT?  Why not take a few days since I had Giardia and go to the doctor(this one I could have skipped, but at the same time I’m glad I didn’t just continue on hiking sick).  Why not take a day off in Durango is my ankle is sore?  So many times I feel like I should be going fast.  The reality: I don’t care about my pace!  Sure I want to finish (badly!), but I also love people.  It’s so fun to see what someone’s life is like, what their town is like, and so much more.  I love exploring towns and hiking.  So why not do both when I can?

Anyway, I had low expectations for today.  Turns out; today was a great day on the road!  First 3 miles had sidewalks and the rest of the day had huge shoulders the whole way. Much lower traffic too, so I finally got to put my earphones in and listen to some podcasts.  Good times.  Very good, honestly!

12 miles in was a convenience store. The very same convenience store that ultimately led me to living in CO for 8 years!I rode a bicycle to that store and met a couple who agreed to store my bike for the summer and drop me off at the Colorado Trail the next day.  So great!  Thank you!  I wasn’t really all nostalgic or anything when I was there, but it really did have quite an impact on my life I suppose.  Interesting...

A few miles past the store and I made it to National forest!  There’s free camping and even a dirt road that parallels the highway for a while without adding mileage!  Perfection!

Excited to meet my hosts tomorrow and really hoping the Riad shoulders stay wide!

Another great day!

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