9th May

24.9 miles (40km)

Windmill Camp (377.4) to Highway Camp (402.3)

Again I set off alone. I’m a morning person. My hiking buddies are not. And yet again it was road walking all day.

I’m trying to find a highlight for today but I guess my mood didn’t really let me appreciate the hike. I regret not taking a side trail called the rim walk trail. It would have taken me off the highway for about 4 miles. Instead I suffered walking the main highway 117. It did walk through some nice lava fields. There were some nice cliffs in the area. There was a nice natural arch. But I have a hankering to be lost on a remote mountain or navigating through remote areas. I know it is coming. I know I will be challenged. I known I will be pushed to struggle through deep snow and high altitude mountains soon enough. All I can say is, bring it on.

critters ate through my trekking pole straps overnight

400 miles

eating dinner at a sandy campsite

10 Responses

  1. Alison

    Love the ever-changing skies in today’s photos. Too bad about your pole straps!

  2. idlewildandpawprints

    That road walking has got to be getting really old, and I’m sure it’s harder on the feet and knees too, not just on the mind. At least you’re getting a lot of the road-walking out of the way early on and can look forward to mostly just trails later on.

    • BikeHikeSafari

      Roadwalking is surprisingly hard on the body.

    • BikeHikeSafari

      It’s also a shared trail in places with the Great Divide Mountain Bike Trail. I heard of the bike trail before I knew it could be hiked. I might just cycle it next year. Who knows.

  3. ThierryB

    Inspiring !

    Is it forbidden to “cut the cake” through the meadows instead of following the roads ? Private land ?

    • BikeHikeSafari

      Probably not. The roads just provide the direct route in some areas, unfortunately.

    • BikeHikeSafari

      Maybe flash floods. I looked hard for water and missed it!

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