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SlowBro - Arizona Trail Journal - 2017

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Mark "SlowBro" Hurd
City: Eugene
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: Mar 9, 2017
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Mar 16th, 2017
Start: mile 113.0
End: mile 126.0
Daily Distance: 13
Trip Distance: 126.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 359
Journal Visits: 23,921
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Guestbook Entrys: 45

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Desert Walker

Trains, Cave, People, & Power

(My recharging battery is getting low and I will have to delay uploading my daily blogs until at least Monday when I get to Oracle, AZ. Sorry, but can't be helped. Full blogs for all days posted Monday or Tuesday. Check back then. Thanks!)

Sleeping among the cottonwoods by Cienga Creek was quite idyllic except for the freight trains rumbling by about 100 yards away all night.

I headed out early to get up to Colossal Cave when they opened. Met a couple of mtn bikers in their 50's pushing those hills in the coolness. Got to the La Posta Quemada area below the Cave and found the restrooms open with a sink outside. Did a quick laundry by hand and got a sponge bath there. There were sockets in the bathroom, but I don't think they were live, so I couldn't charge my stuff. (Hence the need to stop blogging to save power). After wash up, I hiked the road to the cave and got ice cream, a burger, and my resupply.

Left the cave about 10:30 and walked over to the AZT to La Selvilla picnic area. On the way a car stopped me and Helga and Victoria asked me about the AZT. Then at the picnic area I met Ryan and his daughter, who is almost 5!, and spent 40 min talking reptiles, amphibians, etc. Quite enjoyable.

Eventually I had to leave and start walking over to Rincon Creek. The next several miles were relatively flat serpentine trail winding through the desert thick with prickly pear. Rincon Creek was flowing well, but most of the trees on the creek were dead, so I back tracked about a quarter mile to a rise where some scrubby, but stout trees stood and hung my hammock for the night.

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"I can't say as ever I was lost, but I was bewildered once for three days." -Daniel Boone

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"If you feel like quitting, just keep walking." -Gypsy Spirit


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