11th August 

23.9 miles

Lillian Lake (1870.5) to Aldous Lake Trailhead (1894.4)

A combination of a cold night and a grassy campsite left every surface of my tent covered in condensation. My sleeping bag was also a bit damp. I guess slowly but surely I’m moving further north into the cold weather of Montana. Speaking of Montana I crossed into that state today, then back into Idaho. In fact I crossed into both states on numerous occasions. The trail follows the state borders for a lot of the time which follows the continental divide.

While climbing up a section of trail on the state line a couple of cyclists caught up to me. They were doing trail maintenance. As a bit of a cycle touring dude I had to check out one of the guys bikes. A fat bike with 5 inch tyres and a custom rack for a chainsaw. Love it. I would love to ride a fat bike when I cycle tour.

Nips, Lucky and I were not in too much of a rush. All of us have been beat down by the trail in recent weeks, we decided not to do any crazy big miles. We rested often and ate more often from all of our overstocked food bags. On several occasions we found wild berries to eat. Huckleberries, blueberries and raspberries were numerous, until we devoured all the biggest and juiciest ones. I do love the wild berries.

Camp was made early. Each of us eating around 1500 calories for dinner. A combination of hunger and excessive food in our backpacks.

huckleberries

nips demolishing hucklberries

wild raspberries

4 Responses

  1. idlewildandpawprints

    My recent trek had me suffering through the cold Wyoming mountain nights, with all the condensation it entails…and I’m even supposed to be used to it. Leave a tent door open at night if you can

    • BikeHikeSafari

      Closing the door traps in the heat, I dislike the cold

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