Day 10 - Climbing High and Sharing the Song

I woke up to near freezing temperatures and decided to take my first shower of the trip since I was within walking distance of a coin operated shower. It was heavenly! 

After reviewing the forecast I decided to do some hiking before the winter weather hit, but not before enjoying a delicious cup of locally roasted coffee. Mmm... 

Yeah, kind of like that most days! 

Yeah, kind of like that most days! 

It felt good to be indoors. 

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I hitched a couple rides to the trail and listened to some whimsical dulcimer music with this young lady as we weaved along the mountain road. 

She was on her way to teach at a nearby college and graciously offered me a ride to the trail. 

She was on her way to teach at a nearby college and graciously offered me a ride to the trail. 

I found my friend Kett at the trail head and we climbed for 11 miles to an altitude of nearly 7,000 feet. 

Moving on up. 

Moving on up. 

It was so windy my shoulder strap slapped me in the face. 

It was so windy my shoulder strap slapped me in the face. 

We were ecstatic, the wind nearly knocking us over. What a thrill!

We were ecstatic, the wind nearly knocking us over. What a thrill!

Here is a video from the summit: 

Kett shared a steak sandwich at the top of the mountain, probably the best I've ever had. Thanks man! 

we reached the end of the trail as the following section was closed due to a wildfire that had damaged the area. 

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We headed down the mountain on the detour route and found ourselves walking back to civilization along some farm roads. 

We had been at the top of that mountain only an hour or two before. 

We had been at the top of that mountain only an hour or two before. 

We reached the road and went into town where I stayed with a trail supporter named Scott and participated in a bible study he was having with some really wonderful souls. They even let me lead them in a couple of songs, what joy! Thank you for filling my heart with such kind words and such great hugs.

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Scott graciously offered me a place to stay and I slept cozily in my own bedroom on a comfy bed, after a long, warm, soak in the tub. 

<3 Will