Faith is holding on tight when the going gets windy.
Ridge to Bridger Pass Road
Hard, gusty wind when you are warmly snuggled inside a 15 ounce cuben fiber tent is alarming. Can 15 ounces of thin material really protect against all that Mother Nature can produce? Last night turned out to be intense. The wind came with a vengeance buckling and bending my tent. This repeated again and again. In the end, our now worn out group from lack of sleep had just a tent stake break and all was good.
Our trek today lead us on 30 miles of dirt road from a garden of desert wildflowers to a dry barren landscape. A huge contrast!
Love Note decided to take a 15 mile longer route and we will be meeting her in Rawlins. Water sources in this section are rare and poor quality. We are all concerned for her.
While hiking today I experienced one of the most intense afternoon storms and magnificent sunsets on trail yet. Wyoming is proving to be pleasantly unpredictable.
Tomorrow the trail passes right through Rawlins. Perfect for a quick resupply, shower, and laundry. AND I am getting new shoes! My toes have been hitting the end of my shoes. I am getting Brooks Cascadia 8s. They have a wider toes box and are longer. Super excited! AND more good news, tomorrow Silly Chili is turning in his last paper and will be done with both his online courses. We will celebrate for sure and he will be super happy to finally send his iPad home. A quick loss of 3 pounds of pack weight.
I do have a question. Below I have a photo of scat we cannot identify. It has been in trail for the last few days, in meadows and deserts. Bear, antelope?
Thank you, thank you everyone for following this great adventure, commenting, and sharing your stories. Good night from a very tired hiker. 🙂