Day 16: Echo

Natasha at the Elkhorn cafe in Chama said we would have to pay for bottled drinking water since the boiling restriction just ended yesterday. We also ate our breakfast on paper plates. My breakfast tacos were still delicious.

We rode down a slight hill what seemed like 8 miles and stopped for lunch at Echo Amphitheater. It was a perfect bowl in the side of the cliffs which made for great echoes.

We found Goldies riverside retreat as mentioned by Dan and the Great Divide maps. She charges $10/person and we had a kitchen, outdoor shower, composting toilet and a riverside deck. She used to have it as an AirBnB but it was too much work. She said hikers and bikers are more grateful for little things like coffee cups with handles.

Neighbor John visited and explained his screenplay about ancient Celtic feuds and legends. He said he was a retired doctor and also made and sold his own design for eyeglasses. He was entertaining…let’s just leave it at that.

Bode’s general store was our dinner spot but the main attraction was The Frosty Cow. Stephen got a banana split and Brent and I got shakes.

We sat on the riverside deck and chatted with Theron who recently quit his barista job and began hiking the Great Divide Trail a dozen or so miles at a time. Nice meeting you Theron.

Big valley
Lunch stop and cool echo chamber
The Echo Amphitheater
I gotta stop and enjoy the scenery
Dramatic rock formations
Goldie told us her back story
Neighbor John explaining his screenplay
Dinner at Bode’s. It HAS been here a long time!

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