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Long Dry Day

2016-09-18

tl;dr: I biked from Kit Carson west across the vast nothing of Colorado.

I ate breakfast in Kit Carson. I filled my water bottles, but I totally misjudged how far it would be before I could fill them again. So just as I turned onto Highway 94, I stopped at a house that I thought might be abandoned. I knocked on the door and a guy answered. He was nice enough and offered me a gallon of water. He doesn't have a well, so he drives 20 miles to fill up water jugs from an artesian spring. We talked for a bit as it got hotter and hotter out. I finally hit the road.

It's a good thing I got water there, because there wasn't much to be had save for a few muddy ponds for the next thirty miles. Other than a few cows and ranches miles in the distance there isn't much to see along Highway 94. Fortunately, there isn't much traffic either.

I was able to beg for more water in Punkin Center.

Maybe it was the heat or the extremely dry air or the elevation or that I'm just a wimp, but by the time the sun was setting I was wiped out. Of course after biking all day with neigh a ranch or house in sight, suddenly they were all over like sentries when I wanted to find a place to camp. Eventually I ended up on a power-line road. The elevation is 6200 feet.

Look how my day starts!


near Wild Horse, Colorado


near Wild Horse, Colorado


This sign is accurate. Also, no nothing for 30 miles.


I stopped at this guy's homestead to fill up with water.


long ways to go


If you look closely you can see Pikes Peak some 90 miles away.


Colorado has a problem with people stealing certain road signs.


a jackrabbit


cows and antelope


good night Pikes Peak

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