I planned to start hiking this morning by 6am and I almost made it. I think I was on trail at 6:15. The parking lot had a privy so that help to save time with my morning routine. I felt good when I got up. I wasn’t as sore as I expected. My feet were killing me by the end of yesterday, but seemed fine this morning. I filled up extra water last night so I didn’t have to mess with it today. Last night was warm. I was able to sleep in just shorts and a T-shirt. I was a little chilled when I first got up, but I had a five mile climb to help me warm up. This was the first climb of the hike where I felt strong. I didn’t have to stop multiple times to catch my breath or rest my legs. It helped that it want very steep. The trail was well graded and had a lot of switchbacks. I was able to complete the entire climb before it got too hot.
Nice bridge over the river as I left camp
Colorado high desert
Very hazy today due to 2 major fires in Colorado
Hard to get the scale of how tall it was
Jeff’s bikepacking set up
Cool looking trail marker
“The most inspiring piece of advice I've gotten is simply to persevere. My mom taught me to always keep going no matter what from an early age. When it feels too difficult to push forward, I always remind myself, 'This too shall pass,' and then I redouble my efforts.”