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Voyageur - Continental Divide Trail Journal - 2010

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Scott "Voyageur" Piddington
City: Sanbornton
State: New Hampshire
Country: United States
Begins: May 1, 2010
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, May 1st, 2010
Start: Crazy Cook. Mexican Border
End: 1 mi beyond Sheridan Canyon
Daily Distance: 15.3
Trip Distance: 15.3
Hours Hiked: 8
Entry Lat: 31.61687
Entry Lng: -108.32085
Min Temp: 30
Max Temp: 70
People Met: 0

Journal Stats
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Guestbook Entrys: 37

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Voyageur at the Mexican border wuth Bear the dog

Journal 5-1-10

The Audio Journals were recorded throughout the day as I walked. After you ply one, just hit your browser's back button (or somtimes just the backspace key) and you will return here to play the next. I hope you enjoy my ramblings. If I don't record the stuff I forget it and there is just not enough time on the trail to write it all down.

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Great hiking day. Lots of puffy white clouds in a blue sky. Cool & breezy. XC for 1st couple of miles with good markers. Then lots old abandoned road walking. Lost trail at the top of Mine Canyon. Rejoined it after 20 minute XC adventure. Climbed to 5265' from 4244'. Then dropped into Sheridan Canyon. New section of trail below Sheridan Cayon is a fun challenge. There is absolutely no tread. I didn't even see foot prints. It is marked by new wood posts in rock cairns. Unable to find the second post I headed up diagonally while scanning both above and below. Eventually I spyed the third post about 100 yards below. From that one I could see the 2nd and 4th. They are in a fairly perfect straight line. I followed a back azimoth (sp) on my compass and soon found #4. The going is still slow dodgin the sharp plants, negociating the loose footing all while searching out the next post. Lots of fun really. At 7:15pm there was a flattish spot that I desided to call camp. After clearing som gravel the tent was pegged to the ground facing east in the gusty wind. This has been a mighty fine first day and start to the Continental Divide Trail. My sincere thanks to Sam Hughes for helping me get here and stocking water caches. Some thru not to long ago coined a term for the CDT, "Embrace the brutakity". Jonathan Ley, the maker of the best cdt maps, wrote rescently that perhaps it should be, "Enbrace the beauty", given all the beauty the trail presents us with. One of my fellow hikers on the trail this year suggested, "Embrace the beautality". I like it! Wooo hooooo! Sent on the trail from my Peek

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