6/4/15, Day 41
Rawlins 1395.6 to M1416.9 , 7394′
Tent – Nights Spent Alone: 7
21.3, 760.3 Trip Miles
Mostly Sunny – Breezy
Day’s of Snow: 7 – Day’s of Rain: 12
# of Zero days: 5
10 am to pm
Gila Crossings Final Total: 221
Tick Count: 4 (3 more crawling on me)
3 Wild Horses
3 Prairie Dogs
3 Cotton Tails
2 Jack Rabbits
116 Wild Horses
35 Cotton Tail Rabbits
22 Horny Roads
16 Prairie Dogs
13 Jack Rabbit***
12 Ground Squirrels
2 Rattle Snakes
*174 from car, **3 from car, ***1 from car, ****1 from car
I have to admit, on this trail I’m much more inclined to sit around than just hammer out the miles. I think a lot of it is that the CDT is very much not a trail in the sense like the AT or PCT. I can’t tell you the last time I actually hiked on single track. Then there’s the exposure. Everyday it’s brutally sunny, hot and windy.
I long for the deep dark forests of Colorado. Loamy or pine needle cover tread. I want my eyes not to hurt from the brightness or feet from sun baked soil that is like concrete.
This trail is a daily test of the mind and body. Without much up and down so far just flat rolling terrain my body isn’t as strong as it was on the PCT at this point. A 30 mile day is a very long day still. I can’t imagine doing much more than that right now.
This section of trail south of Rawlins is no better than that north. We just hiked up valleys all day with small ridges on either side. We passed many alkaline lakes and will tomorrow. I’m freaking out that the water we did get is no good. I don’t even know what the side effects are. I’m so worried I think I taste salt after I drink.
We saw some more wild horses and got pretty close. Rafiki spotted a baby deer. It was maybe a day old. It could barely stand. I walked right by it. We’re talking feet. Never saw a thing.
No ticks today. Forgot to mention I had another two on me last night.
The hike out of Rawlins was super hot. I was longing for some trees but alas it was more sage. I mentioned being freaked out by the water. I was really worried to be honest. Water is life out here. Kind of like my favorite Sci-fi book, Dune. The region I was passing through contained plenty of water but it was all alkaline and most of it not safe to drink.
Walking this area was long and not very exciting but I can see going through here on a dual sport motorcycle some day. Perfect dirt roads for cursing on.
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