Daily Miles: 13
Total Miles: 94
It seems that Mother Nature had other plans for last night. Instead of the quiet and dry night we had hoped for, we had a very windy and rainy night. Since we had settled for a more exposed campsite last night, it meant that among us, we had varying ranges of wet gear this morning. Knowing we were heading to civilization today, we didn’t really care about the wet gear, since we would be able to dry things out indoors.
It was very cold, wet and windy as we started walking and it stayed that way for the rest of the day. Most of trail today was very exposed and the wind and rain made us chilled to our cores…definitely in the danger zone. We just had to keep walking to get through it. We hardly drank or ate anything while walking because we didn’t want to stop and because our hands were so cold it was hard to grab snacks from our pockets.
It was definitely a miserable day of walking. But luckily it was a short day and we made it down to the road where we were going to meet up with Beardoh’s mom just after 11:30am. We ended up making ourselves some hot drinks to help us warm up. It definitely felt good to get the warmth, but it was still cold, windy and a bit rainy.
Unfortunately, with some confusion about where to meet up, we ended up waiting for Bonnie for about three hours. But once we were finally in the car with the heater on, we could finally relax.
When we were first putting together our plan for this hike, we thought it was a bit silly to have a rest day after just our first section. But now, we are so excited to be able to rest inside tomorrow (it is supposed to be cold and rainy tomorrow as well) and let our bodies heal. We are currently relaxing at a comfortable AirBnB about an hour from the trail (the luxury of having Beardoh’s mom in the area temporarily) We are looking forward to eating pizza tonight and not doing much else.
Sheila Pryor says
Hi Sheila! We’ll certainly do our best to keep safe. . Hopefully the weather will cooperate!
Safety Oficer says
Yeah! Glad to see you starting the CDT! Wishing everyone a great trip, not too much shitty weather, and great success!
Thanks Safety! We hope you and Ladybug are having a good summer!
Glad you got a dry spot to be! Stay safe and warm.
Thanks Guys! Hope you are doing great!
Purple Haze says
Don’t think there is an “easy” starting point to the CDT! I did find the ID/MT rollercoaster physically challenging – lots of PUDs and wicked thunderstorms – have fun! We’re heading to Montana soon to hike in the Beartooths.
Hey Purple Haze! Great to hear from you! Have fun up here, maybe most of winter will be gone by the time you arrive?
Jeremiah Johnson says
Embrace that brutality! Glad you are able to get this hike in this year!! Awesome pics so far! Stay safe and hopefully the weather cooperates more! Cheers! -JJ
Thanks JJ – we hope you are doing well in Ohio:)
michael "Ireland" civrny says
“one step at a time” … best wishes from germany – you guys rock!
Hey Ireland – it’s been a long while… so great to hear from you, thanks for following the blog!
Great to see you guys are on the trail finally. Really wish I could have joined you, although this starting week sounds pretty brutal. Stay safe my friends. Happy trails !
Hey Mace! We wish you were out here with us bud! We know you are here in spirit, at least. We are holding out hope for you coming out later this summer :). Best to you and Sherri