Friday, August 30, 2013

Day 74 - Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Today was relatively uneventful. A tough day, and probably a taste of what CO will look like: long mellow sections interspersed with steep climbs at high elevations. The balds in the Sierra Madre are breathtaking, with jagged grey and blue peaks in all directions.

We did run into several elk hunters scouting on ATVs, which means no wildlife sightings. The season starts on Saturday, so we'll have to keep our wits about us. ATVs are incredibly loud. Funny, that the hunters were complaining about the free range sheep which scare away the elk. Someone's always scaring someone.

And on the start of our last climb of the day, we ran into a woman at the Seedhouse campground--she was exiting a day early because her dog was feeling the altitude. She insisted we take some food, a few ProBars, tuna, homemade dried peaches. Thanks for the great trail magic.

Hope the weather stays clear. Wishing everyone a great start to Labor Day weekend!

Mileage: 24mi from WY / CO border to near Three Island Lake

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