snail we got this today.
The alarm went off at 4.45 and I was up ,the bed was let down and I was packed but still couldn’t get on trail to 5.30.
But 5.30 is good okay to the water.
Have to say that this was one of the best sleeps ever .
I pushed on in the cool morning got to grab those miles while it’s cool.
But I had a lot of climbs that I was not expecting. When it’s cool I don’t feel the need to drink but start to climb and then I need the precious .As I went around a corner there was Energiser. Oh wow.
We chatted a while on how brutal this part was. Tented nearby was uncle sticks. .I waved and set off. But there were more climbs bugger I said as I gulped more water. I pushed on knowing water is near. But I was going up and down come on water as I climbed yet another messi I could see a water tank .
Oh joy and I began to speed up but the trail was going in the opposite direction. REALLY…..
I decided that this was not the water I was heading for dam,
As I sucked the last of my water.
In the distance was a road.
Energiser caught me .
There may be a cache by the road Snail.
I hope so I said I am out.
I have a splash he said.
I followed Energiser to the road, we crossed over and followed the trail. Sat a bit back beneath a tree sat a palet of water omg and thank god.
I poured a jug into my bottle and necked it and once more
I was realy dehydrated
While we were here Uncle Sticks arrived and gave us news of the trail closure or rather New Mexico have closed all of their
national parks and so Cuba is the end of the line for us hikers. So we can’t travel further with out traveling forward.
Oh oh decisions.
I sat pondering, my plan was to hike north going to chama/chama missing out ghost ranch
So I go forward to chama and continue as I have gear waiting in chama.
Although I saw the physio in Grants my hip is still very painful.so I tossed a coin hike on to Cuba or hitch
HITCH on. although it took me 3 rides the second ride were lovely they gave me water and pushed a handful of dollars into my hand
Thank you Oh so much.
The last ride was in the back of a pick up.I got dropped off at the motel the sugn said no vacancies but then the owner,an elderly lady appeared and said yes I am sure I can fit you in . You can put your pack inside and ill let you know when it is ready.
I imeaditly went to the Dollar store brought 2 ice creams 2 cold drinks and a pack of crisps. Just as I got back yonny arrived. I’m going to Mcdonald’s.
Okay cool .so set off after him passing so many well known faces. Rachel,old bag.and others whose names I forget
Again more familiar faces in side Mcdonalds
i orderd 2 cheese burgers large fries and a strawberry milkshake.
All tasted so good fast food, but real food.
Oh the way back I stopped at the post office. I had two boxes a food box and one from Rei whoop.
Once back I threw on the air con and opened the box from rei wow my new Rab sleeping bag wow looks fab and so much plumper that my feathered friends bag that ill send home.
The other box was my food box that I had bounced twice from Lordsburg. So some nice things and things I just won’t eat .so I need to sort .
But no new water filter. Tracking says tomorrow so fingers crossed.
Ah all clean again
Next chores I grabbed my old bag. Grabbed laundry and headed to the post office first .
That went well and the lady was so helpful. So it is on route back to the UK.
Next laundry. Not not too painful. I was just leaving when another hiker arrived. But I’ve forgotten his name sounds like rapid but not.
Okay chores done I need ale which is the other oart of town.
I grabbed my fav beer and walked back popping into Dollar general for a something for dinner and some lemonade
Okay time to relax
I worry about logistics tomorrow.