I got a nice early start for the final 2.5mi climb to the top of Georgia Pass. Unfortunately, I was just a minutes late for the last of the sunrise. I did manage to get this cool pic.
The last look of South Park before descending to Summit County.
Wildflowers brightening up the trail.
Ominous clouds over the Ten Mile Range… this pic makes them look angrier than they actually were.
I made it to Highway 9 by 3pm and five minutes later the free Summit Stage bus took me to Frisco. Who do I run into as soon as I get off the bus? Longtime friends Jeanne and Sean with their son Max! The timing was also good because the skies cut loose shortly after I arrived.
My friend Nora put me up in her exceptionally comfy guest bed.
This is what the elevation profile so far. Approx 105mi completes and just under 20,000’ of climbing.
Tomorrow the plan is to do the next section as a day hike from Copper back to Frisco (opposite direction) with Nora and her dogs. Then on Sunday I will take the free bus to Copper and continue where I left off.