Well my hitchhiking failed and Sweet As and I spent the night camped by the road. We didn't mind at all, and had enough food, so it didn't bother us at all. In the morning we made coffee by the side of the road, chatted to a day hiker, ate the bananas he offered, and promptly got a hitch down the road from a local. There's a hostel in Lake City, and it had a trickle of hikers over the past few days and was filled with mostly new faces.
The best part of hanging out in town is the eating. The last section of trail was really physically challenging and my body was getting a little worn down and thin, so I supplemented my diet with: a cheesecake, bunny tracks ice cream, jalapeno poppers, "hostel fridge ingredients" nachos, protein shakes, and barbeque. I think it's a conservative estimate to say I ate over 10,000 calories in 24 hours. Hopefully it can propel me forward to the next town!
Coming up we have the chance to summit a 14er, and what appears to be very easy hiking across a mesa. Hopefully for this next section our mileage bounces back into the 30s and we avoid snow for a few days!
Next stop Salida CO. Google it, then look how far I've walked from the Mexican border!!! In 40 days!