September 17, 2013
Elwood Pass to Trail Lake
Unfortunately due to being rushed by the rain last night I set up my tent on a bit of a slope. It made for a difficult nights sleep, lots of rolling around, but overall it could have been worse, at least I was dry. It was a slow start this morning and I still feel like I'm getting back into the groove of things after a few days off.
There was quite a lot of up and down along or near the divide. Fortunately the weather cooperated and I didn't get rained on all day! It feels like its been a long time since that has happened and I hope for more of the same for the last miles in Colorado.
I have definitely begun a countdown in my mind and am ready, at the very least, to be out of Colorado, although the Mexican border would be better. I've also started thinking more about life after the trail including nursing school applications, but just general life stuff as well. I am feeling the pull of civilization and all the creature comforts that come along with it. I also look forward to getting back into running again. So much faster and I don't have I carry a backpack.
It was only 6pm when I decided to call it a day, but with more than thirty miles under my belt I feel OK with it. After getting set up I crawled into my sleeping bag right away. It seems that the weather is finally cooling off, at least at 12,000'. Other reasons to look forward to New Mexico are the lower elevations and warmer temperatures. Almost there! Just 22 miles to go!