The first riders reported into the Walden Transit #1 control around 2:30pm
on a brilliantly sunny day. But windy. Hefty westerly winds.
Those windsocks in the NWS forecast for Walden are for ... winds!
Riders will thus have to traverse a swath of smoky air from the Beaver Creek fire,
before breaking into clean air again in Wyoming.
Thanks to Malcolm Fraser for the photos below, and for holding down the Walden Transit fort with Wayne Lawton, who is staffing the water stop between Walden and Saratoga.
Outside the checkpoint cabin with an official sign framed in blue duct tape at the North Park Inn.