CDT Day 71-76 Back on trail

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27th June to 2nd July

19.6 miles

Hwy 9 (1055.4) to North Fork (1075)

I’m back.

I rested. I ate healthy food, well, most of the time. And I recovered. I’m certain it was Giardia mixed with high altitude that caused my woes on previous sections of the trail. On my days off I felt great and thought a visit to the doctor not necessary.

Getting back on trail was not easy. I tried to get back on trail yesterday but rainy weather had me cowering back to a dry hotel room.

I set off in the rain. I think it was a test. Do I really want to hike this trail? I felt that if I ran back to a hotel room again then I was being too soft. I had to keep going. I want to keep going.

I had 7 miles to hike from the town of Frisco to the trailhead. I walked along the bike path. I could have caught a free bus but I had to go by foot so I didn’t break my continuous line of unbroken footsteps. It rained the whole 7 miles. Character building.

The trail out of Breckenridge was rather non descript. Hiking in the trees. Hiking in the rain. No real great scenery of note. I did have a pain in my left heal which annoyed me. It felt like I stood on a nail or other such sharp object. Vitamin I fixed the problem, at least temporarily.

It rained when I set up camp. It rained as I cooked dinner and it rained when I went to sleep. My welcome back to the trail. Hopefully tomorrow will bring nice weather.

Next – Day 77 My Favourite Section of Trail so far

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  1. Glad you are feeling better and back on trail! Were you close to the ski area at Breckenridge? That is one of my favorite places to ski.

  2. I welcomed the first day of rain in Washington. After that I knew it couldnt be worse and already felt better. You got this!

  3. Really glad you are back and that you have had a revitalising break. Bad luck about the rain but … I won’t be the only one but I have missed reading your adventures. Good luck, buddy!

  4. I lived and worked in that area for a couple of summers…such a beautiful area and great people. Not far to Wyoming

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