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Uphill and Against the Wind - TransAm E-W
By Dave T

Day 51: Kremmling to Walden - A cold morning and a Muddy Pass

Sunday July 6, 1986, 62 miles (100 km) - Total so far: 2,551 miles (4,105 km)

Muddy Pass 8,772'

Continental Divide (#2)

The night was very cold and I didn't want to get out of the sack this morning. It was about 45 degrees when Gene was shaking my tent at 7am. I got up and put on all my cold weather clothes, 2 t-shirts, a long sleeve t-shirt and sweat pants. We all headed to the restaurant to warm up and eat breakfast.

We all departed the restaurant about 8am headed NW to Walden. The rain started soon after we headed out, and it was very cold. I wore my rain coat most of the day and had bags over my feet to keep them dry. As the morning wore on the temperature started to rise and the rain finally stopped.

The route traveled through the high plateau, with plenty of scrub brush and not much else. I could see the snow capped mountains off in the distance most of the day. The ride was not too difficult and I rode most of the day with Clay, Diane, Fred and Gene. We crossed a continental divide at Muddy Pass, but it wasn't even noticeable. The pass just seemed like a bump in the road.

We arrived in Waldon about noon and I had lunch with the gang at the local diner. The town is pretty boring, not much to see or do here. We even have to camp in a rest area because there isn't any other options. The sun broke through and the sky cleared up in the afternoon and we poked around town a little bit. I'm pretty bored here and I really miss Breckenridge.

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Gene, Clowning around. I guess he bought that gear at a second hand store and was goofing around.

(Photo from Clay)

Colorado has been the best state so far, I'll be sorry to see it go tomorrow. I'm going to return to Colorado some day soon and do more exploring. I've really enjoyed the Rocky Mountains, the scenery, and the life style here.

[Author's Note:] - I really enjoyed Colorado in 1986 and to this day, it is one of my favorite places. My wife and I basically went on our first date in Telluride Colorado. We return to the Rockies at least once each summer to enjoy the incredible high mountain summers. Enjoy a few pictures of us recently in Colorado.

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This picture is up in Yankee Boy Basin at 13,500 feet. Lisa and I hiked up here in 38 degrees and rain. This is the same tent I used on the Trans America Trail.

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Me and Lisa hiking at Maroon Bells 2002

My trademark Detroit Tigers hat. I wore this hat even when they were the worst team in baseball.

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Me, enjoying the views and a Henry Weinhard's in Telluride Colorado 2004
Ummmm Tasty!

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Me in the New Sheridan Bar, Telluride Colorado

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Lisa hiking near Telluride Colorado


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