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Jason
City: Seattle
State: Washington
Country: US
Begins: Oct 19, 2017
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Nov 24th, 2017
Daily Distance: 20
Trip Distance: 290.9
Hours Hiked: 8
People Met: 3

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 47
Journal Visits: 1,918
Guestbook Views: 107
Guestbook Entrys: 18

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Day 37 - Hiking With Jules!

Fri, Nov 24

Mile 675, E Marsh Station Rd (32.020660 -110.645672), to Mile
695.1 (31.873161 -110.708551)

After a nice evening dinner with Amanda and Andy, Jules and I were up, in
the rental car, and on the road at 7am headed down to Patagonia to drop the
rental car and meet our shuttle. While driving south on state route 83
towards Patagonia, we stopped and cached two gallons of water at a trail
head where the AZT crossed E. Sahuarita Road at the Hwy 83 intersection
(31.963171 -110.672813), which would wind up being about 6.5 miles into the
day's hike. Arriving in Patagonia a few minutes past 8am, we parked right
in front of Ovens of Patagonia and the sheriff's office on McKeown Ave. and
safely left the car there for the next three days. We met Jodi, a very kind
woman from Tucson who volunteered to meet us in Patagonia then drive us
back north and drop us off at the E. Marsh Station Rd. trail crossing.

Hiking by 930am, we each had 3 liters of water to start as it was a hot day
and we wanted to drink a ton before getting to our water cache 6.5 miles
south. This strategy helped us hydrate after an evening of wine. After
taking a photo of Jodi and her Mini Cooper, we waved goodbye and hit the
trail in the hot sun. We dropped into Davidson Canyon and crossed by a
flowing La Cienegas creek. Shortly we arrived at the Gabe Zimmerman trail
head, named to honor Gabby Gifford's assistant and the 2011 shooting in
Tucson. The trail continued and passed underneath Interstate 10 via an
underpass with a newly painted snake mural, then crossed over several dirt
roads following a powerline road. At about two hours we crossed hwy 83,
then looped back over E Sahuarita Rd to our water cache, filled up and took
a short break.

The easy trail took us nearby some residences here and there and eventually
got a tiny bit rougher and climbed as some mountain bikers we passed and
chatted with detailed. We passed by Twin Tanks which was in pretty lousy
early winter shape. The trail entered the National Forrest at mile 691.5
and after another 3.5 miles we cowboy camped on a ridge with a flat road
spot. I didn't think we'd wind up doing 20 miles and was glad we'd be on
track to do 22 or so tomorrow with terrain that shouldn't be too difficult.
Jules was a little tired from the mileage, but otherwise felt good. We both
made dinner and went to sleep shortly afterwards. A very clear night
yielded a nice bright 1/3 full moon and good stars.

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~Jason

 

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