We arrived in Mt Ida early this afternoon after a cold, two day drive from Denver. Last night is was 15 degrees in Tulsa! Tomorrow promises to start cold (16-20 degrees depending on who’s forecast you trust) but should see the beginning of a warming trend that will bring temperatures back to a more normal range by Friday.
We drove the Talimena Scenic Parkway (which parallels the trail for about 60 miles) dropping off a couple of water cache’s and a food cache at the Queen Wilhelmina Lodge.
We will drive to the Blue Bell Cafe in the morning for breakfast and then Lori (the proprietor) has promised us a ride the trail (Mile 138.4, where we exited the trail last February) and we will be off!
We did a final pack check and weigh-in while waiting for Emerson to show up. These are our final weights – they are a bit lower than expected because we will be wearing a lot of our cold-weather clothing when we start in the morning. This is with 7 days of food and 2L of water.