As you hike along some of the views are extraordinary.
Even though it’s late July it seems that the mountain flowers think it’s spring.
The trail is getting higher. I’m typically over 10,000 feet above sea level. For someone from Austin TX I’m still not fully adjusted. It is especially difficult getting enough oxygen when climbing. There are times when I have to just stop and try to gulp in enough air.
At the border from Wyoming to Colorado some one put white rocks across the trail to mark the border. Someone else nailed a Colorado license plate and a Wyoming license plate to a tree.
From no trees to trees, from sand and gravel to soil, from plains to mountains the scenery is changing.
Past the 200 mile mark in Wyoming.
For a stretch in Wyoming I had a 20+ mile road walk. The CDT is not complete and sometimes it has you march along a crushed gravel road. Although it can be boring it sure beats going from marker to marker with no trail at all.
I’m getting absolutely burnt up with the relentless sun. As soon as the sun comes up I apply sun block. I apply it to my nose, cheeks, and hands. I reapply it every two hours. Everything else is pretty well covered. I always wear a cap or else I put up my umbrella. My nose is getting the brunt of it. When Justin met me today he said my nose was bleeding. I wear a nose strip at night to help me breathe. Somehow I had removed it and some skin too. It didn’t hurt. My dear Justin applied a bandage with Neosporin onto it. I’m trying. Really trying.
As I slack-packed (a light day pack with water, and snacks) through Rawlins,WY I passed under a Union Pacific train depot. Along the walls of this pedestrian tunnel was art work. It included one for the Continental Divide Trail.
Yesterday I completed 100 miles of trail hiking from just north of South Pass City WY to just north of Rawlins WY.