Day 51 – 53 – Into Wyoming
Short update before the Teton alternate. I may or may not be able to post from Jackson so the next update may be 10-12 days away.
Pretty calm, slow day after yesterday. Felt weird sleeping on the porch in clear view of the arriving morning staff. But the tent was absolutely soaked and caked in mud, sooo.
By the time I hosed off the tent, set it out to dry, and got resupply shopping done, it was 12:00 or 1:00. Some of the resort staff seemed annoyed, though after yesterday I can’t say I care over much.
Crossed a branch of the Snake River this afternoon, which led to thinking that I could get a tube and float my way back to Portland.
The actual hiking was a road walk. Varying from highway, to paved road, to a rather nice packed dirt road.
Last night in Idaho!
Food for the day: two packages of pop tarts, a box of fig Newtons, one bag of gummy bears, and a knorr Alfredo side with a 1/4 lb of extra cheese added plus some textured veggie protein (tvp). The latter is a new addition since Lima and I really like it. Easy way to add some texture and protein. And it’s easy to add to anything to absorb excess water. Avoids having Mac and cheese soup or having to drain pasta or rice.
Only hiked 18 relatively flat miles today so perhaps it’s a positive energy balance on the day. Not really sure. In Leadore a couple hundred miles back, I was able to weigh myself for the first time since East Glacier. Apparently, I’m losing about three pounds per week. Though I expect that to level off at some point. Anyhow, aiming to get to Old Faithful tomorrow in time for the breakfast buffet.
The hiking today was mostly a green tunnel. Also, it is, by far, the flattest trail I’ve seen since starting the CDT.
New shoes, hopefully, at old faithful. And if I’m lucky a new water filter because the current one has gotten really, really slow. Will see if cleaning it helps significantly. It didn’t seem to before but it’s downright maddening to use now.
Day 53 – All the people
Early start to the day in order to get down to old faithful in time for the ever-important breakfast buffet. Managed that pretty easily and still fit in some sightseeing at the geysers / thermal springs.
Afterward, there were various ‘town’ chores. Most of which were without issue, but it was a long time before I found Wi-Fi, which I needed to check shipment statuses. During which I discovered that the replacement pole section went to the wrong PO in Yellowstone. The single poling continues…. at least it’s easy to forward to Jackson.
Anyhow, provided my shoes show up, tomorrow I’ll start the Teton alternate. I’ll be off the official trail for ten days or so. Unlike the other alternates, this will be harder and longer than the trail it’s replacing.
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