Silly Chili and I have now completed almost 1200 miles in 61 days of the Continental Divide trail. We hiked through Colorado and Wyoming with 12 resupplies and 3 zero days (no hiking days). The route passed through many diverse and wild areas including: the high and snowy San Juan Mountain Range, Rocky Mountains, Rocky Mountain National Park, the flat and exposed Great Divide Basin, the scenic Wind River Range, Yellowstone National Park, and countless wilderness and national forest lands. The trail often was more of a route with no defined trail and had many alternate routes, which we usually found to be more scenic and pleasant.
For me the CDT was very challenging and strenuous. For the most part, Silly Chili would say it was absolutely incredible, but not as hard or taxing. We both were very hungry most of the time and ate and carried a ton of food. I lost weight and Silly kept his great physique. Evidence of who had to work harder every day.
Silly managed to complete two online college courses (both with A’s) while on trail. I managed to write and post a trail journal each day (a bit of a miracle). And more importantly we stuck with it and stuck with each other, even though I know at times we were very frustrated with each other.
This was indeed a great adventure. I think most mothers would agree that it was even more epic because I shared it with my son.
The following photos are from Silly Chili’s perspective from the last 500 or so miles. Thank you all again for following along. Enjoy!