My alarm went off I switched it off. The next alarm I snoozed until it began to get light. I could see that my tent was frozen.
I was in no hurry to get up as it wasn’t far to Copper Mountain .
At 6.30 I pulled the stopper and opened up my tent, my colleague was packed except for his tent as he was drying it in the sun.
Okay Snail get into gear, I unclipped my fly and gently rolled it off my tent, then packed up and headed out
I walked passed my friends from last night, then headed down the trail, it was a gorgeous day and all ready warm.
The trail was still fairly level, great as I still didn’t have heaps of energy.
The closer I got to Copper mountain the busier the trail became . About a dozen southbound CT hikers and similar number of other hikers came past some stopped to chat over were on a mission.
I pushed on until I came to my first view of this huge complex and the first set of ski lifts.
Getting closer.. the next set of ski lifts appeared to be running, possibly testing ?
I began to spiral down lower and lower until I was almost there. Wow in front of me was a roller coaster. Wow that’s kinda cool.
At last I was in the complex, I walked around looking for a café or similar, I passed a large boating lake with grandpa and his granddaughter on one of those round boats having lots of fun. Above them were a dozen children waiting for their turn on a zip line.
I noticed a small convenience shop so brought a bottle of lemonade that I had been craving then sat outside by the lake watching the kids zoom down the wire.
I then headed off to find a bathroom, On the way back I bumped into Shea, who I had met earlier this morning as I packed up.
He was having a coffee and eating doughnuts.. looks scrumpy I said.
Good luck today I said.
Yes, but I need to leave before all the bars open Shea said
We both laughed.
I headed out to find the bus.
The busses in this area are all free, I found the stop but had just missed one. While I waited for the next I got out my fly to dry in the sun.
The bus soon arrived, it will take me to Frisco then I get another to Silverthorne.
I must admit wow what a great town Frisco is as we drove along a very long road packed with shops and unlike UK free parking The bus finally stooped and I got off only for the next bus to arrive, It wasn’t long until I was here.
Okay hotel .
It was easy to find and right next to a huge store perfect. Okay I need to post 2 boxes of food up trail 5 days and six days
But I needed to check with one site and they only respond to email. So I emailed and am waiting.
Once settled in I went to the shop as they have a pharmacy.
I tried to see if I could get some more medicine.(giardia) I took my uk prescription with me.
The assistant was very helpful, but the American system wasn’t. I needed to see a Dr to get a prescription and that would cost a lot of $$$$ for a $7 packet of pills. I thanked her.
Okay shopping I brought for one box, as haven’t heard back yet.
Also lunch, dinner. Beer and ice-cream . Sorted.
Once back I grabbed coffee and ice . And back to relax. Okay lunch first then tv and relax.
Oh and I have ordered my gloves. Whoop whoop and relax.
NB these are two food drops I regret *sending (bad information)
I also posted a box to to South Pass City again bad advice, great place to visit get a soda and ice-cream but most of my fellow hikers hitched into Lander better option.
from here I posted a box to Big Sandy, I loved it here but this is on the red line instead of doing the Cirque of Towers , as i had committed i ended up staying on the red CDT which was breathtakingly gorgeous but most other hikers did the Cirque