We’re up at 6:30 AM to get an early start on the high country of Colorado. A breakfast of potatoes, chicken & egg scramble (Mother & Child Reunion) and corn tortillas fuels us for the day. We are immediately into 4WD low from our campsite as we slowly ascend the Corkscrew Gulch trail to higher ground. Our route today will take us over to steep and loose rock terrain leading to Hurricane Pass, California Pass and Cinnamon Pass and eventually to Salida, CO. The weather is simply fantastic! Clear, high clouds, 70’s with the exception of California Pass being 41F at 13,000 feet. At the Animas Fork junction just prior to our ascent of Cinnamon Pass, Scot, a BLM Ranger stops to chat us up and we end up getting a history lesson of the area and a look at a sample of gold ore that drove so many miners to this area seeking fortune.
As the day progresses, it starts to cloud up and we are getting concerned about our low fuel and being trapped in the high country in wet and slippery conditions. We carefully increase our pace to reach our goal of Salida, CO by nightfall. We make it, 160+ miles in all with the first 35 miles taking 6 hours! We’re beat and decide on a motel and a restaurant meal for the night and hope the weather improves for tomorrow.