START: Wolf Creek Pass/Pagosa Springs, CO
FINISH: Just past the junction of FR 137 & 139 – about eight miles before Ghost Ranch
DISTANCE: 137.2 miles (220.8 km)
DAILY AVERAGE: 34.3 miles (55.2 km)
TOTAL DISTANCE: 2041.7 miles (3285.1 km)
The Sunset: First day out of Pagosa Springs I was hit with another big storm; this time of the electrical variety. Undeterred, I plodded along through the hail, wind and Mother Nature’s Light & Sound Show; quietly chuckling to myself that the San Juan’s were giving me a parting gift to remember. After a very long couple of hours the weather finally broke……..the reward for my perseverance? One of the finest sunsets I had seen during the entire 12 Long Walks. Thank you, San Juan’s.
The Herd: The following day I ran into a group of four southbound CDT hikers, namely Mike, Naomi, Step and Machine. I ended up hiking with them the entire day. A great group of people and strong hikers all! Thanks for the company, guys, and best of luck in New Mexico.
The Night Walker: After a cruisy couple of days out of Pagosa, I realized that I needed to get my skates on if I was going to make the Mexican border before mid-October. I decided that some night walking may be in order. The catch? My headlamp batteries died and I had to make an unexpected trip into Chama just to buy two triple A batteries! Back on the trail, I walked until the wee hours of the following morning, had a couple of hours kip, and then backed up with another huge day eventually making camp some eight miles or so before Ghost Ranch.