CDT 4, Day 22-31 A Weekish in the life of a CDT hiker: Montana Edition

Hello everyone,

I just made it to Leadore, Idaho, and like all town stops the day has managed to slip by me and it's already somehow way past my bedtime and I'm frantically trying to update the blog. So to help me out I'm just going to use excerpts from my daily journal which I've kept out here.

Guthook tells me I'm at mile 765.9 but honestly, I don't think anyone really keeps track of mileages out here like they so on the other to trails. I had the pleasure of talking to my mom earlier today (something this trail, or rather AT&T, doesn't allow me to do enough out here) and I now see the Tiple Crown Hikes in this manner. "I swear to make the AT, a group of skilled trail builders went out into the backcountry and physically made the trail. To make the PCT, a group of highly trained professionals coordinated the best connections of routes and poured over logistical concerns. To make the CDT, someone gave a toddler a map and a crayon and the aftermath is what I'm hiking." July 17.

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Saw this gem on the hike out of Anaconda, MT. "Shout out to everyone else who also thought that a flume was just a type of ride at Six Flags." July 9th

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"What. A. Day. 27.5 miles and I went over 5 major passes with storms harassing me all day. What are with these storms!!! They just keep coming in waves. I kept having to time my ascents in between waves. On the last one before camp I waited for an hour before going up Rainbow Pass and then had to run down to the lake on the other side." July 10th

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"Holly trail maintenance, you're really making me work for town aren't you?!?" July 11th

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"Met this incredible couple all the way from South Africa, cycling east to west across America via the Trans America Trail!!! Best of luck to you Theo and Augusta! It was a pleasure to meet you and hear your story!" July 12

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"Crazy day didn't end with a miricle hitch into Darby, MT. Then I got to stay with Theo and Augusta at Curtis' house!!!" July 12

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"And I got surprise trail magic mail from my friend Brian!!! Wow. What. A. Day.!" July 12

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"You know it probably 110 in St. Louis right now. But don't mind me, I'm still up here, in the snow, kicking steps across the passes, well into the month of July. I'm getting a year if winter, after this I want a year of summery bliss (basically no snow for a year.)" July 14

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"Welp, Guthook said there was a 48.5 mile no water stretch so I packed out over 5.5 liters of water for the carry. Now in my tent reading my other maps that's there's a source about halfway through. Don't know if I should be really happy or really mad. I'll wait to dump out any water though until I physically see the source. Would not forgive myself if I dumped the weight only for the source to be dry." July 15

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"Also, thank you dear trail makers for either putting a post in the middle of the trail or putting the trail with the post in the middle. A little future toe breaker."  July 16

  "The surprises continued all day. First I saw that there was a campsite at the pass, then I met the Miller's, then they shared food with me, then they confirmed there was a spring here. And they talked to me for at least an hour!! Woot, woot. It's funny, before this I would have still considered myself a shy person but after being out here alone any person I see I automatically just go up and talk to them. Just recognizing the same species brings me such joy. Huge thank you to the Miller's." July 16

 "The surprises continued all day. First I saw that there was a campsite at the pass, then I met the Miller's, then they shared food with me, then they confirmed there was a spring here. And they talked to me for at least an hour!! Woot, woot. It's funny, before this I would have still considered myself a shy person but after being out here alone any person I see I automatically just go up and talk to them. Just recognizing the same species brings me such joy. Huge thank you to the Miller's." July 16

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"Lemhi Pass, super cool, Lewis and Clark were here and I got to stand with one foot on each side of the Mighty Missouri River today. Also Lewis supposedly got here, saw the mountains just to the west and said oh shit because they are huge and he thought he would see the Pacific Ocean from here. My reaction was similar in that I said thank goodness I don't have to go over those." July 16

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View to my east

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View to my west

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"Walked along fence posts and wooden boundary markers today. Must have flip flopped the Montana Idaho border at least 20 times." July 17

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This is Leadore, Idaho

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This is the restaurant in Leadore. Not A restaurant, The restaurant.

 "goodnight folks" July 18th, oh wait, now 19th

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