Day 119 Chief Joseph Pass

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Ken or Marcia Powers
C/O General Delivery
US Post Office
Wisdom, MT 59761

CDT through hiker
Estimated Pick-up Date 8/29/2002
Will hold packages indefinitely.

8/23, day 119, 21 mi., 8600′

No bears in the night that we heard. We climbed out of Bradley Gulch (our low point). Wow, the trail goes straight up. The last 16 miles were on beautiful forested crest and the guidebook said it was new trail and impossible to get lost. Wrong, not new trail and it disappeared three times. We summitted Anderson Peak,ID which is not on the trail…sigh.

The guide said to join the road and go north. Trouble is the road goes exactly east/west. No blaze, no sign, no cairn, not clear on the map. We chose wrong.

On the way into town we passed a camp of fire fighters. Wow, we have never seen so many tents in one place. There were big tents and personal tents and campers. They are mopping up a fire between Chief Joseph Pass and Wisdom. It wasn’t very big and we rarely smelled or saw smoke.

We’ll take a zero-day today. Need to call REI, Canadian & US customs, etc.and rest our bodies after 2 tough sections.

… Gottawalk

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