We’ve finished Colorado! It’s been amazing, and amazingly challenging. We’ve loved spending day after day, week after week in the high mountains, but it must be said that we are now quite tired after such a tough five weeks.
So it’s been good that over the last four days’ hiking, the terrain has got a bit gentler. There have still been some steep, rough ascents, but they have been relatively short compared to what we had got used to. There have been beautiful flower-filled meadows, but as a foretaste of what’s to come, there have been longer gaps between water sources, teaching us once again to carefully check the distance to the next water source whenever we fill our water bottles.
We’ve been pushing our daily mileage too, clocking up 29 miles yesterday, which is the most we’ve done in a day on this hike so far. We have a 200 mile very dry section coming up (the Great Divide Basin) when we’re hoping to do 25 to 30 miles a day to save having to carry so much water, so it’s been good to practice!
We are now in the tiny town of Encampment, for showers, laundry and resupply. We’re pretty tired, so really looking forward to a good meal, a few beers while watching TV, and a comfortable bed.