We left the hot desert of southern Utah to return back to the Colorado Rockies visiting the Martin family in Montrose Colorado and doing some hikes into the Rocky mountains. It was nice to hear bubbling streams and to see lush forest and mountains again.
We revisited Lake City where we had resupplied in 2009 on the CDT and where our favourite cannibal in history, Alferd Packer, ate his victims and was later tried.
We were out yesterday on our local coast from Rosiemarkie to Cromarty on a 21 mile walk. This is a very sheltered area and tends to receive better weather than the mainland to the west.Lots to see including sea birds, geology of the great glen fault, fossils and footprints from the elusive otters around here. The terrain is varied too from sand, rock hopping, some cross-country, single track, single lane road and jeep track. We can’t train for the temperatures of the Hayduke though, we had a cool 3-6 C yesterday, we are expecting temps up to 35 C out in the Grand Canyon!
Here’s a quote from Edward Abbey, the Hayduke Trail is named after a character from his fictional book ‘the Monkey Wrench Gang’ – well worth a read!
“In the first place you can’t see anything from a car; you’ve got to get out of the
goddamned contraption and walk, better yet crawl, on hands and knees, over the sandstone and through the thornbush and cactus. When traces of blood begin to mark your trail you’ll see something, maybe.”
Martina is away helping with lambing at a friends farm, and brian was out in the cairngorms in in lovely spring conditions but screaming winds!
In January, we did a loop walk in the central Scottish Highlands from Slochd summit up the Dulnain river , then over the Burma road and back north over the hills to the Slochd. we had some great open views across snowy terrain.
Continental divide Trail training!
In January and February we walked near our home from Fortrose to Cromarty along the coast and back via the forest tracks a few times. The distance is about 18 miles and the coastal scenery is excellent.