June 25, Day 24: Cimarron to Sargents, CO (78.5 miles)

Slept through the alarm and didn’t get out until 10am — it was HOT! Four mile climb up to Blue Mesa Summit, saw lots of dead marmots. Matt was on the phone with Dario the entire way up (how?! I could not even breathe let alone talk).

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On the 50

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Blue Mesa Reservoir in the Curecanti National Rec Area

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Chicken Bay

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Gunnison River. Tons of cute places to camp and fish.

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Cows on a peninsula

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Lunch at Gunnison

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Llamas and baby llamas. We also saw white elk (whoops not a reindeer).

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Owners of Tomichi Creek Trading Post, our campsite for the night in Sargents.

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DJ, a heavy equipment driver, bought Matt a PBR and hung out with us for awhile. They bonded over being Sicilian and other things, haha. He was really funny and was dumbfounded by what we were doing.

That’s our night on the town! Tomorrow we climb the tallest peak on our trip, Monarch Pass at 11,312′ and cross the Continental Divide.

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Mashed potatoes and beans

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