START: Just past the junction of FR 137 & 139 – about eight miles before Ghost Ranch
DISTANCE: 172 miles (276.7 km)
DAILY AVERAGE: 43 miles (69.2 km)
TOTAL DISTANCE: 2213.7 miles (3507.1 km)
Ghost Ranch: Along with Salida and Pagosa Springs, my favourite “town” stop on the CDT. Great food, amazing hospitality and a gorgeous setting.
Cuba………New Mexico: If landlocked Wyoming can sport an Atlantic City, I guess the high desert of New Mexico can have a town called Cuba.
The Longest Days: With the prospect of a reunion with my sister and her family in Grants, I hiked almost 100 miles in two days. Little sleep, lots of easy forest road walking and revisiting The Lord of the Rings audiobooks were the keys. That being said, my weariness suddenly vanished when I saw my little nephews with arms outstretched, running up the trail towards me as I made the final descent to Lobo Canyon Rd. It was the best birthday present I could have wished for.