I decided to make another early start today as although I only planned to cover about 70 miles, I had a lot of climbing to do. The first strech this morning was easy, I made my way through the rolling foothills of the Rockies inching ever closer to the distant peaks.
I made It to Cañon City, about 35 miles from Pueblo for about 08.00 feeling strong, and already enjoying the most exciting scenery in days. From there however the terrain became far more challenging, almost as soon as I left the city I was climbing. This continued for the rest of the day – having started off at 4600ft in Pueblo, I am now at nearly 9000 in the small town of Guffey. Although the climbs were long, and there were some steep bits there was nothing as strenuous as the climbs of the Appalacians. The mountain scenery more than made up for the climbs, with more fantastic vistas around every bend. I saw far more wildlife today than I have recently – there were loads of deer near the road, and birds of prey soared throught the valleys. There has been a definate drop in temperature, it’s around 10 degrees now and will drop further overnight.
I am currently in Guffey, a tiny town in the mountains, I had planned on staying at a hostel here overnight, but the owner’s away. I was in luck though, the owner of the cafe, Rita, has called another local hostel – about 2 miles away, and they’re around, so I’m going to stay there. I have more climbing tomorrow and plan on making it over Hoosier pass, the highest point on the trail.