We are moving along the trail very well and meeting tons of people. It is an amazing journey of struggle and fun all at the same time.
When we planned this trip, we figured on 10mile days. Who knew we are way more amazing than that!? We are currently 2 days ahead. So, what is one to do? Take really short days, right? Well, ... that hasn't worked out right either.
On 9 July, we traversed about 15miles to the base of a big climb for the next day (2500ft in 4.8miles). The idea was to conquer the horrible climb and descent and keep the day short. Unfortunately, we ended up conquering the whole trip by 11am. So, we decided to go a little further. Then, we missed the unmarked trail for the lake we were planning on sleeping at for the night. Thus, we plugged on for a total of 12miles for the day. This mistake put us even closer to our 14 July destination & in the dilemma of figuring out what to do...hot springs for 3 days or a day in Buena vista. Due to catching a friend we made on our way to Twin Lakes, & his friend taking him to Buena Vista, we found our way in to town. Those two were easily convinced to hang in town & thus we have a ride back to the trail tomorrow morning, afternoon, or whenever they finally get their drunk butts together to head for the trail. Still, we have the problem of being early to meet our drop. I guess we will figure it out & have fun doing so.
These are the simple pleasures of the trail. It is an amazing journey. I am extremely thankful for all the love & support. The little changes and extra days in towns has been fun and educational. It is all part of getting to know the state of Colorado! Thank you!