Day 14 – Oops I (We) Did I Again – Town Day
This was probably the easiest day yet, other than the 5 am wake up call from the tractor trailers on the road. This whole section of trail parallels the road, so there is no real escaping the road noise.
Double Wide and Smooth
A good section of the trail from Fiddler Creek to the Tennessee Pass trailhead is on old railroad grade. It was wide enough for two and wonderfully smooth. It was angled just a little bit uphill, not enough to slow me down but we gained 250 feet of elevation.
History lesson for today- we passed the old coke ovens. However, I have no clue what come ovens are. You might need to google it. Smelting? Something with lead since we are outside of Leadville ?
Yep, Town Again
This has turned into more of a restaurant tour than a hiking trip. From Tennessee Pass we got a fast hitch into Leadville. He said he picked us up because we looked fairly clean. We only left town 2 days ago, so the grime level is minimal. The smell level is probably moderate after yesterday’s hot day.
First up we tried The Golden Burro. I wanted to like the restaurant because it served vegan food, but felt only so so about the experience. It took a good 20 minutes before someone took our order and another 20 minutes to get our food. They were not full and it was after normal breakfast rush. My tofu scramble was under seasoned and my potatoes were over seasoned and spicy. I had plenty of food, but John only got 2 small waffles (think frozen waffle sized max) with a cup of fruit.
So we did what any self respecting hikers would do- go looking for breakfast number 2. We should have just started with City on a Hill Coffee. Their long line had originally scared us off, but I’m sure it would have been faster than 40 minutes. The éclair and strudel were delicious. (And more coffee!) I’m sure their breakfast burritos would have been great too.
Just Call Us Bus Experts Now
After dispensing sage advice of how to get a Melly hoodie to other hikers, we hopped the 1:00 pm bus back to Breckenridge. It wasn’t our original plan, but we need to pickup more food and make a plan for the next section.
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