I was awake a 4.30 excited and nervous. I packed up my bag. It groaned under the weight but I was fairly confident.
Okay time to go to the pick up point which was near to the post office. So I new it well.
It was fairly cold so I put on my puffy and made my way down and onto the street. It wasnt long until I was there. I gave my name then went inside to wait. A guy called Tim sold me some gas so i was good .then another guy wrapped my pack in a bin liner to protect it from the dust.!!
We were on our way 12 hikers were being taken out. It was several hrs to get to the start. Every now and then they would stop to show us the water cache location.
At last the monument came into sight…wow
We had our pictures taken followed by group picture.
Time to go first steps I was heading out hauling 5 litres of water.(just in case)
The trail started flat and i was enjoying my first strps on the CDT. But then it began to get hotter and hotter and my pace fell to a plod.
I decided that I needed a break then another hour i needed another i took about an hour hiding from the sun
They trail now followed old water beds full of sand which is fun to walk on.The trail markers where really sparse. And i missed one and carried up the canyon for an hour before realising something is not right.
Guthooks was not helping. So I tried to bushwack.but every plant here wants to hurt you.so with dozens of gashes I still was no where near the trail.so sadly I turned around and walked back the way I had came. Dam there’s the bloody trail marker.
By now had lost time and miles and was drastically short of water. And it was 5 miles to the next cache. I couldn’t do that on the heat and was spent.
I threw up my tent as it began to get cooler.
And was soon in bed.
Milege 9.6 poor first day