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The Final Chapter

After my time in the lonely desert, my body and mind were weary from the road, and I was ready for respite. That began with Fallon. I stayed with hay farmers on the last day of their first harvest. Steven, … Continue reading

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Desert Soliloquy

I spent almost two weeks in the desert, scorched by its unrelenting sun, desiccated by its implacable dryness, and accompanied by the searing realization of my own physical and spiritual weakness. I spoke with few people, and spent most of … Continue reading

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“Where God put the West”

John Wayne is reported to have quipped about John Ford’s favorite region for filming Westerns in the central region of Utah, dominated by canyons, arches, buttes and geologic features that capture the imagination. I crossed Glen Canyon and the Colorado … Continue reading

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Chapter 5: Montrose, CO to Boulder, UT

Stats: Day 36 | Day 37 | Day 38 pt 1, Truck Ride, Day 38 pt 2 | Day 40 | Day 41 | Day 42 | Day 43 | Day 44 | Day 45 | Day 46

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Tiger Camp

Growing up is a bit like a driver on a raised super-highway, unable to see the roads below, but guided by the highway’s signage. Adults and peers are those signs, casting a picture of what each road has to offer … Continue reading

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The best rainy day EVER!

(June 5th) I had slept, rolling over on the soft squishy lumps of dusty earth beneath my tent. It rained in the night and early am. As I packed my things, I wondered for the fourth or fifth time this … Continue reading

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Ancient Ruins

(June 4th) A few miles into Tour day 40 (June 4th), I was excited to visit one of the Anasazi (Navajo) ruins I had heard so much about. Suffering from the same over-eagerness as my fellow trail hikers, we all … Continue reading

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