It’s the little things

Day: 5 Distance: 18 miles start: 9:30am stop: 6:30 pm Elevation: 6180 ft Others Here: Cloudbuster, Tick Tock Camp: Coop windmill ; cowboy camping Lowlight: the walk across the plain north of Lordsburg was brutal.  We didn't get started until 9:30, and those 12 miles put a beat down on me. Highlight: sitting completely exposed to the sun next to a cattle trough surrounded by cow poo drinking the water we got from the tank next to the trough. It is amazing what a little water will do to boost morale after a long hot walk in the sun.  Soon …

Into Lordsburg

Date: 5/10/2016 Day: 4 Distance: 25 miles start: 7:00am stop: 6:00 pm Elevation: Others Here: Cloudbuster, Tick Tock, Carpenter, Creaper, Radar, Peru Camp: Econo Lodge Highlight: Sitting in the shade of the last water cache box (the only shade) and resting for the final push to lordsburg. We left fairly early after no further run in with the stampeding horses. Some I'm writing this a day later I'm having trouble remembering the day.   I came within 2 feet of stepping on a rattlesnake; that was fun.  We saw more horned lizards, drank from the first cattle trough of the hike …

Guthook saves the day

Distance: 24 miles start: 8;00am stop: 7:30 pm Elevation: 4330 Others Here: Cloudbuster Camp: 3 miles from highway 9; cowboy camping Highlight: Detour to explore Old Hachita We started out taking an alternate route to see a mining ghost town called Old Hachita.  I regretted skipping this alternate on my last hike so was happy to make up for it this time. Today started out cool and breezy but ended a bit warm.  We stopped at mile 20 which happened to be a water cache around 5 to rest in the shade of the cache box and have dinner, then …

Day 2

Distance: 24 miles start: 7:30 am stop: 7:00 pm Elevation: 4750 Others Here: Cloudbuster Highlight: We saw two coyotes.  Also enjoyed being serenaded by a pack in the middle of the night. Today was a long but rewarding day.  My body isn’t quite used to 24 mile days yet and I’m tired.   It was relatively cool and cloudy most of the day.  The sun only cane out in all its glory a few times to remind us to be thankful for the clouds. We lost Snake Bite”s company today because her feet were blistering and she needed to slow down. …

Illegals?

Day 1 Distance: 14 miles Elevation: 4330 Start Location: Mexican Border End Location: First water cache Hours Hiked: 7 Others Here: Cloudbuster, Snake Bite Cloudbuster and I were joined by Snake Bite for the shuttle ride this morning.   She is a perky young lady from Perth and pleasant company.  After a 3 plus hour shuttle ride down crazily bumpy, washed out dirt roads we made it to the border.   Not before we picked up a couple at the first water cache who had endured enough and wanted out. We took the obligatory border start pictures and learned that there must …

Adventures Already

{startlocation=Springtown, TX} {endlocation=Lordsburg, NM} {hourshiked=0} {Others Here=Linus Cloudbuster} I am on the airplane heading to Tuscon.  From there I will catch a Greyhound bus to Lordsburg, NM.  Then on Saturday morning I will take the shuttle that goes to the border at Crazy Cook.  Last time,  JK meet me in Tuscon and we rented a 4×4 pickup to make the multi hour trek to the border.   Since then the Continental Divide Trail coalition has started operating a shuttle to make the arduous journey. It has been a whirl wind getting to this point and I’ve barely had a moment to …