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Day 91: 10/23/17 Telluride to a small patch of BalM land I bet no one ever camps in!

October 29, 2017

 



Miles: 18.8
Steps: 34,722
Vertical gain:   1,706  feet
Liquid consumed:  90 oz.
Wildlife: Some birds, heard a coupe dogs, that’s about it.
Faith in Humanity:Angelee for the awesome place to crash in Telluride.  There was also a really nice woman in Sawpit at the store that was really friendly and cool.

Well, Telluride was short and sweet.  I woke up around 7 and was out the door by 7:45 this morning.  I did manage to misplace my sunglasses  and didn’t find them.  Kind of sucks to lose them but I bought a cheap pair for $15 at the supermarket as I left town.  Rare if me to lose things, but it still certainly happens.  Oh well...

Definitely got some stares as I walked out of town, but what else is new! I just do my usual smile at everyone and go on my way!

I was excited to walk a bike path then a trail, but unfortunately the trail was closed after only 200 yards or Sofia some reason... oh well, onto the road...  there was quite a bit of construction for a bit and really small shoulders for another bit, but after a few miles I reached another trail by the river for probably 5 miles which was awesome.  Paved road walking really helps you appreciate any firm of trail you can ge!  The river trail ended and I was on the main road another couple of miles before I reached my turnoff.

A surprise store was in Sawpit where I needed to turn.  They had a very tasty and reasonably priced lunch so I went for it!!! Mm, bbq pork and potato salad.  The woman working there was super friendly and chatted with me as I ate.  I tried to figure out if she knew about the spot where I was camping but she was a bit uncertain, just like me!

Up the road I went and the views of the distant mountains were stunning as I climbed.  Big spread out kits up here, but the also have cell service which seems somehow out of place.  I’m sure these lots aren’t cheap though!

So I followed the Riad and found on the map where it becomes public land.  Sure enough a fence ends and the no trespassing signs stop.  A steep embankment though... I was kind of laughing: I’m sure nobody vamps here.  Ever.  You can’t park on the road and it’s a pretty steep hill down.  But I even called the BLM office and they said it’s fine to call on Any BLM land so here I am!

The only good flat area is an old road that looks like animals use as a trail.  No animals yet thankfully and hopefully not all night!  There are a couple of houses quite close though.  Haha, just kind of a strange spot!  But it’s legal and free so that works for me.  Really weren’t many other options either!

I was done so early today!  Relaxed, read, researched my upcoming route, etc. I set up my tent at dusk and now I’m getting ready for bed at 8:30pm. #rockstar #rockandrolllifestyle

On to a campground tomorrow in Ridgway State Park I do believe!  Longer day too.  Dirt road to paved road to bike path, so some good variety!

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