DAY 62 Heading to Salida day 2 passing 1000 miles

June 14 th

I slept really well but woke up to a cold morning so several snoozes and I began to get up.

I packed up and was surprised to see  another tent  when I emerged from  mine.

I visited the luxury of a seated toilet . Oh joy lol and no digging.

I drank my tea and woofed my oats then I was off.

The trail was realy easy  and flat so I could have done extra  miles yesterday  but for my foot it got vert hot toward the end of my day and so I didn’t want to push it.

Today with a goods nights rest and new socks it seems fine.

It was a beautiful morning and all ready I was getting hot  but I didnt want to  stop just yet.

The trail was fairly undulating  but easy to walk. Some cliff edges were a little slippery. I was still following the river down the valley. 

Oh I need to know cross. It was a steep route down to the river. 

At the river there were remains of a bridge  we’ll  both sides no middle so I just waded across. 

One over it was a climb back up

I crossed through a meadow  then into a forest.

The forest was cool to walk through. 

I then exited into more meadows.

I was to spend the next 2 hrs walking through these .the river now on my left.

It was approaching  9am so i took a break. 

I dropped my pack  and went to get water. As I approached it dozens of very very  nice

Trout swam off.

I decided that my bladder needed refreshing. So I poured the remainder into my cup and guzzled.  I then treated the water in both bottle’s before adding back to my badder with some electrolytes and lemon flavour.

I was just finishing off when a elderly  man who was doing parts of the Colorado  Trail  arrived he was very chatty. But had some useful information. 

I thanked him and headed off.

The trail was now using a forestry road that soon entered the forest. And climbed it was a steep climb but I was managing okay about a mile in I passed a tent.

I shouted  at the tent several times  as its odd to see a tent up in the daytime.  I wanted yo go check just in case.  

But I wanted miles. 

At last the trail began to head down  through the forest.

I exited into a bright day  and could see the road snake away into the distance.

I pushed  on admiring the amazing views in front of me.

At 12 i stopped for lunch under a tree.  But it as soon S I sat down the wind blew like crazy.

I tool of my shoes and socks  to air my feet. My left foot had been a little tender  so I added so cushioning  to my big toe.

After 20 minutes I packed up  and resumed the trail.  The road I was following snaked off into the distance. I plodded on just enjoying the trail and great views. 

I noticed water to my left so thought it wise  to grab another Litre . The trail climbed before dropping down into another valley.  To my left  I could see a ranch and lakes but typically  the trail went the other way.  As I waked the wild flowrs were all in bloom.  So pretty  I then passed the corpse  of either a wolf  or coyote. ..nice 

The trail now meandered  through the countryside but phew it was getting hot. 

As I was approaching  a stream thst crossed the trail I was amazed to see so many swallow tailed  butterflies 🦋  all landing to drink . So beautiful  to watch.

But I needed those miles.

A little further up the hill  and 

Bloody he’ll wow and Fuck yes.

There was the 1000 mile marker 

Whoop whoop 1/3 distance

I took the obligatory  photos  

Shouted Fuck yeah a few times vert Lound then continured

My dirt road now changed to a wider  dirt road that again snaked away into the distance.

I checked my app as I was drinking a  lot of water being so hot

Should be water on the next bend.

Yes there it was  I dropped my pack and removed my 2 empty bottles  I was just filling up when a camper van appeared and stopped. Would you prefer fresh water. Yes please.

The driver said yes you wsnt to make sure your filter now as there’s plenty of cattle in the hills and very busy beavers

And you don’t want to get Beaver Feaver.  I laughed

The lady  then gave me a orange and coconut  drink OMG  that was so good .

I thanked them and continued on 

At an old corral the trail turned sharp right and  headed up over more open plains.  I pushed snd pushed chugging up the last bit.

My left food was beginning to complain  again. It was hot in fact both feet were hot. I checked my watch it said 97  phew and the ground maybe hotter.

At the first decent tree I took a break. Took off my shoes and socks  to cool them both.

Okay lets go, the trail headed down  and followed another dirt road. My app said water was scarce  so at the next stream I bottled up.  In the distance the trail appeared to climb.oh well its been good all day.

As I began the climb I spotted another hiker in the distance.

As I was resting  he caught me he was German

I said the next flat spot and I’m done.

I headed after him following this toad until  the trail took a sharp left

It was now 4.30 so I was ready for a spot as I was now tired. 

I plodded up the new forest toad through several gates. 

But no  no no flat spots. I ended walking until 6pm until I saw a green spot through the trees. 

I walked off trail to the green bit. 

Wow it was like an open park.

I found a flattish spot and my tent was soon up. 

Brilliant  what a day but  I was exhausted 

But wow  23miles.

Night all

Milage 23 

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