Daily Miles: 17
Total Miles: 205
It is always so refreshing to have time off in a town. Even just an afternoon…even if it is full of work tasks…we feel renewed when we get back on the trail. Leadore was a great place for an afternoon off. With a population of 105, everything is located within one square block…motel, two restaurants, the post office and a convenience store.
Today, the motel owner, Sam, brought us back out to the trail. It was a beautiful morning and we started walking around 8:30am. We noticed right away, that the trail went off the road and onto nice and gradual single track trail. It was such a welcome change from all our dirt road miles the last few days. And we saw two coyotes at the beginning of our walking, which is always cool.
There were a lot of downed trees this morning, but we didn’t even really mind walking around or over them, because the trail was so nice otherwise. We followed the Montana/Idaho border for miles again today, but today the fence was different. Instead of being barbed wire fence, there was miles of log fencing…almost like the “notched and fitted” style of a cabin. It was pretty cool to see, but it must have taken lots of trees and lots of man hours to get the fence built.
After lunch, the trail went back to following the jeep track. We had enjoyed the single track trail all morning and it was sad to go back to the steep ups and downs of the road.
The day was very sunny and hot until suddenly in the middle of the afternoon when it wasn’t. Gray clouds came in and the temperature dropped. We got several rounds of light rain, and whenever the rain came, we just waited under some trees until it was done. Eventually the skies looked like they were clearing and we continued on.
We got to a spring around 5:45pm which was going to be our dinner spot. As we made dinner, the gray clouds came back and the temperature dropped again. We put up a tarp to sit under, but only got some sprinkles.
We decided after dinner to just find the first workable spot to camp so that we could get set up before any real rain started. We were only partially successful. The rain started as we found a good spot and started putting up our tarps. We got a bit wet, but nothing too bad. It was pretty steady rain for almost an hour.
So, we are now settled into our hammocks for the night and it’s not even 8:00pm.