7/22/10, La Monda Pass, CO - Much of the day was spent going in circles. Not because I was aimlessly wandering; rather, because the Forrest Service decided they didnít want horses in a big chunk of the woods. Tonight, weíre camped in a piece of the National Forrest, two miles north of La Monda Pass that doesnít care whether your vehicle expels carbon monoxide or manure.
This morning, I had all three horses hitched to climb the steep headwall, leading to Cumbre Pass. For two miles the lads were pulling a 10 to 12% grade, so they got quite a work out.
The top of the pass holds the train station for the Cumbre to Antonita narrow gauge train. Normally, the train runs from Chama to Antonita, but a cinder from the steam engine burnt down a trestle about 5 miles out of Chama. A Fireman, following the train in a service car usually extinguishes all fire, but he must have missed one!
A couple of hundred yards passed the train station, I pulled the lads over to give them a long rest and put Doc at the rear of the trailer. While there, a nice family pulled over to say hello and meet the team.