The trail was so muddy and with 19 miles with soggy feet yesterday I finally have gotten blisters. I’m glad I have gone over 30 days and 400 miles without them. I have loved the Salomon X Ultra Prime hiking shoes but if I had to do it again I would get a waterproof pair for these conditions. Usually I don’t like waterproof shoes or boots because my feet get hot and once they sweat I get blisters. But I have to say in these rainy wet conditions they would have been a plus.
We have reached the trail that where hikers get off the train between Silverton and Durango to hike into the Weminuche Wilderness. I have a moment of weakness and think to myself: maybe we can take the train back to Durango, sleep in our own bed, shower, eat at a restaurant and come back here to finish off the last few days. Somehow, though, this feels like it would be cheating. I hesitate for a slight moment and then take the trail that goes to Molas Pass.
We cross the bridge over the Animas river and switchback up to Molas Pass.
We reach Molas Pass Campground where we have our last resupply bucket. The sun comes out and we are able to dry out our tent, sleeping bag and clothes. We are almost home.