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CDT Day 80 Down and up of trail life 

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6th July

26.5 miles

Highway 40 (1139.3) to Cabin Creek (1165.8)

I didn’t sleep well. And I felt a bit down in the morning. I guess having my hiking buddy Crunchmaster leave the trail was the cause. Luckily the scenery made up for it.

The trail went up. The trail went down. Mosquitoes fed on me. I felt the highs and lows of trail life. But the scenery had me in awe again.

As we summiteers the last of the 13000ft peaks other hikers appeared. Tank, Cerveza and Rampage. We all leapfrogged each other for the next several hours.

Late in the afternoon Lucky and I continued hiking. The wildflowers and the setting sun combined to lift our spirits. We didn’t want to stop hiking. In the distance we could see Rocky Mountain National Park. We hiked until almost 9pm. It was dark when we set up our tent. Another long hard day.

how many mosquitoes can you count
tank, rampage, lucky and cerveza
my backpack is getting smaller and lighter

Next – Day 81 Three Beers on a Hot Day

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  1. Brad, while your on top of the mountains please say a little prayer for the 12 Dallas Texas police officers that were shot last night by a sniper…5 of our brothers in blue died….Its a sad day in America for police officers

    1. A very sad day. I’m so far removed from current affairs in the world that I only hear about things many days after the fact. Thinking of our brothers and their families.

  2. Sums up life… Ups and downs, people with you for awhile then new folks arrive, and all along the journey you learn to appreciate the beautiful parts. Except for mosquitos. Never did know what the hell they are good for, if anything. Happy trails.

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