DAY 9 leaving Lordsburg

I don’t think I really sleeped. Maybe the odd doze but was awake at 3.30 at 4 I got up for a wee and started to pack up. 

I wasn’t too sure how cold it was outside do i need another layer ?

Finally I marched out into the cool morning air. As I passed reception two othe hikers were discussing the shuttle and they were both wrong. I’m heading out I said  shall I show you  where it is ?

We walked and talked this fellow hiker had attempted it before but failed at  Hist ranch so was out to try again

I left him at the post office and carried on .annoyed there was no signage  to the trail. Woof woof woof bloody dog jumped at the fence scaringvrgw shit out of me. Bloody he’ll. And carried on walking. I walked by the  busy freight yard.  Things where humming and the smell of diesel  hung in the air .I walked down under the bridge and began the fun 3 hr road walk. back to trail

In places it was sketchy.  As the path disappeared. And the toad began to get busier

Several hours later and I should almost be here. 

Standing at the fence were my two partners in crime . Kevin and Hawkeye. Hi guys good to see you.

Now you would have thought this would  be well marked.  But no. An orange disc on the cdt badge or logo in sight.. very poor

I pushed my bag under the fence then wriggled under. Okay now where is the trail .nothing. we all set off across the field  like we were comeing for evidence.  Funny made me laugh. 

 Kevin got out his GPS 

We are on trail… really.

We marched across.still not a sign in sight.  After an hr I heard voices  it was the 4 shoes .Ducky. jredus and chameleon.

They called us over to were a gate was. 

Once together we set off as  snake searching  for  signs.eventuslly they began to appear.  And we were all moving quite well. Eventually we stopped for or first break. 

Back to the trail we went and we we making good pace maybe a little fast for me but I was hanging on in there at last came the second break phew.

The 4 moved off they are youngers and have a much better pace than us old guys. Blink and they were out of sight.

For most of the morning we played hunt the sign as well playing leapfrog with kevin ,hawkeye .

E were goingvwell pace wise unrill we rlised we were off trail and by a lot. Its so easyvwith the numerous cow paths and with footprints othes have down hectare arrh. We bushwacked back to where we think it was . Hurrah and then stuck at it like glue for most of the morning.

The sun had now began to heat up. So e began to look for shade. .there that will do .Kevin and hawkey spotted another Bush.

I took off my shoes and socks and began yo relax. In hidesight maybe I shod have pushed on more.

I stayed far too long must have dozed off .dam ans a few rude words. As i emerged for my green canopy at 4.30. Bugger should have gone on onger   bugger. 

I pushed on as the wind grew more fierce..  it looked like a amazing sandstorm behind me . The whole town had vanished .

I plodded on i was tired even though i had slept for several hrs inder my tree. The wind was now pulling and pulling me but in all the wrong directions. As i passed another dip i noticed e remains of a cow .poor thing uts brutal out here. I was getting nearctonthe well but the terrain turnedcro sand which is rubbishbto walk on and saps thd rest of your strength. Please go away sand. When your tired this is not what you want. At last I could see the tower of the old windmill. Whoop I said to myself. When i arrived it eas dessereted all my hikers chums probabnly left seveal hours ago

I surveyed the green water topped with an array of insects. Yumy. I filled my empty water bottles and then begsn to filter the water. .i coulsnt make up my mind what to do.i shod have cooked here a s hiked on but i couldnt make up my mind. I decided to walk 20 mins and to camp as soon as i tried to put up my tent then the wind arrived with different ideas.

At last it died down enought to pitch it. .but as I crawled inside I had thoughts should have gone on

Oh well there is always tomorrow but I’m annoyed I don’t yet seem to be able to push the miles arrh .


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