Fall is definitely here. I spent another cold night barely staying warm enough in my tarp. I awoke to frost on the ground and another frozen puddle of drool. Since I camped at the trailhead today was technically a zero day, but it didn’t feel like one since I didn’t wake up in town. I decided not to set an alarm today because it didn’t make since to try hitching to town before eight o’clock. I was still up by 5:30 and forced myself to try to go back to sleep. I was able to sleep until seven o’clock. I took my time packing up and was standing on the side of the road a little before eight. I knew that this might be a tough hitch, but i couldn’t believe how long it would take. I stood on the side of that lonely road for over three hours. It was by far the longest I’ve ever had to wait for a ride. I had several offers to take me to Creede, but I had friends meeting me in Lake City around noon. After about an hour I had a big hillbilly truck with Texas plates stop. Unfortunately, he didn’t offer me a ride. His exact words where, “Hey, if you owned a car you wouldn’t have to hitchhike.” Then he peeled out spraying me with gravel. To say that I was stunned would be an understatement. Not only was it rude, but three cars who would have potentially given me a ride passed by. I always smile and wave at cars going in the opposite direction and that was my saving grace. A nice retired couple out for a morning drive passed me around 8:30. They told themselves if I was still there on their way home they would stop. Well two and a half hours later I was still there and they stopped. At that point three other hikers joined me and they got a ride as well. They were lucky and only had to wait one minute. They were some of the nicest and most interesting people I had ever met hitchhiking. They both hitchhiked around the world in the 60’s. I don’t know if I was more irritated at wasting the morning of my zero day or missing breakfast. They dropped me off at a restaurant called Chillin, a place I had visited on the CDT. My lunch was amazing and I quickly forgot about breakfast.
Delicious pulled pork melt
Really clean laundromat
Kelsey, WanderLost, and I
“Relax and refuse to let worry and stress rule your life. There is always a solution to every problem. Things will work out for you when you take time to relax, refresh, restore and recharge your soul.”
- Lailah Gifty Akita