CDT – Days 33 to 37 – From the Penthouse to the Outhouse

DATE:  September 4 to 8 20120908-130500.jpg

START:  Scenic spot, just south of Lester Pass

FINISH:  Roadside ditch, not far from Rawlins

DISTANCE:  203 miles (326.6 km)

DAILY AVERAGE:  40.6 miles (65.3 km)

TOTAL DISTANCE:  1245 miles (2003.2 km)

Cirque of the Towers: My second alternate through the Wind River Range. Almost as spectacular as the route over Knapsack Col. A fitting finale to what was, alongside Glacier NP, the most spectacular section of the CDT so far.

Atlantic City…….Wyoming: Former mining town. Population about 57. History? Boom, bust, boom, bust, boom, bust and finally tourist attraction. They have a wonderfully atmospheric bar/restaurant, which is a must-visit for any self respecting, brew-enjoying, non-vegetarian CDT hiker.

Five Favourite Trail Pubs/Bars/Inns:

The Dying Cow, Wicklow Way, Ireland (2009)
Drover’s Inn, West Highland Way, Scotland (2005)
The Lion Inn, Coast to Coast Walk, England (2009)
South Sea Hotel, Northwest Circuit, Stewart Island, New Zealand (1995, 2010)
Mikro Papigo 1700/Tavern, Pindos Horseshoe, Greece (2001)

The Great Divide Basin: Shadeless, sandy, windy, hazy, dusty, jeep roads, fences, cow poo……… The Great Divide Basin…………what’s not to love? All jokes and accurate descriptions aside, I actually quite enjoyed this section. Stand out memory was wandering along one morning just as the sun was about to rise, when seemingly out of nowhere, a herd of antelope appeared making their light-footed, seemingly effortless way through the sagebrush.  A gorgeous silhouette, the memory of which will stay with me for a long time to come.

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