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Tmcorcoran - Arizona Trail Journal - 2017

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City: Peoria
State: Arizona
Country: USA
Begins: Mar 3, 2017
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Apr 1st, 2017
Start: 320.0 Reavis Ranch Trail
End: 335.7 Two Bar Ridge Trail near High Point
Daily Distance: 15.7
Trip Distance: 251.5
Hours Hiked: 11.5
Daily Ascent: 3500
Daily Descent: 3800
Min Elevation: 3800
Max Elevation: 5200

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 196
Journal Visits: 5,057
Guestbook Views: 31
Guestbook Entrys: 2

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Superstition Dawn

April Fools in the Superstitions

Ever since I was a kid the Superstition Mountains have had a fascination for me. We used to drive to Phoenix from Peoria, Illinois in the 60's and always go past them and talk about the lost gold and the mystery. Today I got to walk straight through them. Plus it was April Fools Day, and also my last full day on the trail, so it is not surprising, and altogether fitting, that things got a little crazy today.

First of all it was freezing, literally. I got a low reading of 27 degrees during the night and it was 29 when we got up. My sleeping bag is rated at 20 degrees so I was plenty warm, I had all my clothes in there, along with my phone, GPS, and for some reason I decided to put my water bottles in too. I thought I had remembered Jelly Bean once telling me to do that, but I told Smurf and he chuckled, so I think maybe it was the water filter she told me to put in there, not the water itself. Luckily there were no leaks but I won't do that again - maybe just next to the sleeping bag.

Things started out very nice along the creek, and there is a nice open flat area where Mr. Reavis had his ranch in the 1870's and raised fruit trees and vegetables. Very beautiful in the midst of all the steep mountains. We stopped and looked at the ruins of a foundation and an old, hexagonal filled-in well. Lots of day hikers will hike to these ruins. Shortly afterward we ran into Laughs a Lot, filled our water bottles where I filled three bottles and also sipped a lot directly through my filter, and we took a lunch break.

Then the crazy stuff began to happen. Without going into all the detail, within an hour I was stricken with diarrhea and losing everything I had eaten, was separated from Smurf again, was slowly trying to get down this really steep down and up hill filled with nuts and bolts, ball bearings, toasters and refrigerators (see SlowBro's great description in his blog of this area from a couple of days ago). I was afraid my three water bottles were filled with contaminated water and didn't know, again, whether Smurf was ahead of me or behind me. I fell three times on the ball bearings on my way down, and to top it all off storm clouds were brewing. April Fool on me!

Luckily our protocal for what to do in a separation, namely just keep going, kicked in. I knew it was only about 15 miles from here until Lake Roosevelt and I had my Spot with me in case I needed it, and I had water pills as a backup which could purify that contaminated water. So I just took it slow and after about an hour made it to the top of Two Bar Ridge. Right about here the storm clouds blew away and I had a beautiful view of Lake Roosevelt to the east and the Four Peaks to the west. By this time my stomach distress had gone away, it had only lasted about 4 hours so I think it was really just my body trying to expel that bad water. Plus there was cell reception up there. I checked Spot Buddy and believe it or not, Smurf was right behind me. So all I had to do was wait about 2 minutes and there he was, with fresh water! So in 1 hour everything was resolved. The rest of our day was uneventful and we found another great camp site high in the Superstitions.

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