Yesterday was a travel day to get me to Denver to start the trail. I couldn’t find a rental car, but I lucked out on a cheap flight to Denver. I flew out of Cortez, CO which is about an hour south of where I live. I was able to have my friend Kelsey give me a ride to the airport so I didn’t have to leave my car. Thanks Kelsey! My flight to Denver got in at 6:15pm then I took public transportation to Littleton, Co, which took about two hours. My plan was to walk 1.5 miles to my hotel, but it was almost dark and the only road to get there was a major highway with no sidewalk. I decided the safe course of action was to take an Uber. My Uber cost $19 to go 1.5 miles. Yikes. I didn’t check into the hotel until after 9pm. Then I had to organize my food. I had sent all of my food to the hotel ahead of time. I knew that I couldn’t fly with my hiking stove and fuel canister so I figured it would be easier to send everything ahead of me. My first section is 104.4 miles, which means I’m carrying 7 days of food. That is the most I’ve ever had to carry on the beginning of a hike. It’s a good thing my base weight is only 9lbs. I hadn’t thought to check the weather ahead of time. I didn’t think about how hot it is in the front range in August. The high for today was 95 degrees. The first 10 miles had zero shade so I was hoping to get an early start to beat the heat. Well that didn’t happen. I didn’t get to bed until after midnight. I was up and ready to leave the hotel at 7am, but couldn’t get an Uber until 8:45. At trailhead was only 8 miles away, but with traffic we didn’t get there until 9:30. Not exactly a great start to the day.
Northern Terminus of the Colorado Trail
Big Horn Sheep
Big Damn Dam
Trash and Underwear
Good view of where the trail goes tomorrow
Lots of flat space to camp
“Beyond the very extreme of fatigue and distress, we may find amounts of ease and power we never dreamed ourselves to own; sources of strength never taxed at all because we never pushed through the obstruction.” - William James