7/19/15 Day 86 Durango to Sinclair ‘

Tent – Nights Spent Alone: 10

0, 1577.1 Trip Miles

Mostly Sunny

Day’s of Snow: 8 – Day’s of Rain: 32 – Days of Hail: 16

# of Zero days: 10

Gila Crossings Final Total:  221

Tick Count: 4 (4 more crawling on me)

Wanted List

Mountain Goat

Grizzly Bear


Black Bear

Bighorn Sheep


Mountain Lion





Critter Count

44 Deer

9 Elk

5 Cotton tails

3 Pronghorn

1 Squirrel

All from car


1) 533 Pronghorn*

2) 383 Elk*7

3) 168 Chipmunks *5

4) 163 Deer*2

5) 130 Marmot*4

6) 120 Lizards*6

7) 116 Wild Horses

8) 52 Pika

9) 51 Squirrels *9

10) 46 Cotton Tail Rabbits *8

11) 46 Ground Squirrels

12) 30 Prairie Dogs

13) 22 Horny Toads

14) 17 Jack Rabbit*3

15) 12 Moose

16) 8 Snakes

17) 5 Coyotes

18) 5 Moles

19) 3 Porcupine

20)  2 Fox

21) 2 Rattle Snakes

22) 2 Toads

23) 1 Mouse

24) 1 Skunk

25) 1 Weasel

*184 from car, *2 – 48 from car, *3 – 1 from car, *4 – 2 from car, *5 – 1 off trail, *6 – 1 off trail, *7 – 9 from car, *9 – 1 from car

Today I spent the morning helping Jill and her friend Joan from AZ take pictures of the horses at the horse rescue Jill volunteers at.

After Jill and I found bad time to just hang and catch up. I really enjoy just spending time with her and sharing stories and getting to know her. Though we’ve been friend for almost four years we’ve spent limited time together. I hope that changes after the trail. She is such an amazing person.

Jill drove us to the airport where we got the rental car. After that it was hours of driving, a sore back and numb butt after 8 hours of driving. I made it from DGO to the Wyoming border.

We drove east of Rawlins to the town of Sinclair which appears to be the home of Sinclair oil. We drove 8 miles north of this massive oil plant into the flat arid void north looking for some BLM site and ended up just off a dirt road on a gas pipeline. The mosquitoes found us fast. It’s almost the real  midnight so I’m out.


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