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16 Jul 2011: day 35
Start Destination Daily Miles / Total
Bondholders Meadow Willow Creek, Snow Mesa 11.0 today / 349.5 total

I broke camp and hiked over the last minor saddle before dropping down to San Luis Pass. I thought P&P might be there but there was no sign of them. Oh well. Up the other side of the pass wishing I had more water. The guidebook describes this area as a rollercoaster. Up this ridge, down to the creek, up to the next saddle, down to the creek. You get the idea. At about 2 o'clock I had just watered up and was preparing for the big uphill over the Divide when rain came. I didn't know how bad or long it would be but didn't want to get caught above treeline in a thunderstorm. So I hid out in my tent and even fell asleep for an hour. I guess I'm getting a little worn out. The rain wasn't much though so the whole break was only a 2 hour delay.

I made it over the Continental Divide without mishap and was rewarded by some very expansive views. The best part of the CT is considered to be from here to Durango. It was a cool hike that dropped me down to Snow Mesa a 12,000 ft high flatland that I needed to cross. All the elevations have been quite high lately. It was too far to cross before dark so camp is near the outlet of a little pond. It rained a few drops but I don't expect any bad weather overnight.

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