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State: USA
Begins: Apr 10, 2013
Direction: Eastbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Trip Distance: 20.0

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Entry Visits: 321
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Here in Ghost Ranch

I am enjoying my stay at Ghost Ranch. Lots of work getting here. It snowed like 4 inches in the San Pedro Wilderness at 10,000 feet. It was a change postholing through snow after the dry days in the desert. There has been a lot of clouds and a bit of rain lately. It is good for the area is in drought. I am thankful to be in range of Colorado border this week. I am thankful to be on trail and am glad for a zero. Lots of great food here at the ranch. All you can eat at every meal... leaves me tired from a food coma. I have been just eating and sleeping today to get ready for the all day snow hiking in the San Juans. I am in need of some waterproof boots and a better shelter. I am getting rainpants and a few other things like maps in Chama, NM. I will be there in about five days.

One thing about the CDT is the miles are not easy. 80 miles should be around 3 days or so but out here that could be 5 days. I am packing food like that. I thought I would bring extra snacks and stuff to get through the 50 miles from Cuba, NM to Ghost Ranch so I could catch up on food and slower days. It turned out that it snowed around dinner time so we pichted camp early. The snow slowed us down leaving the days total around 15 miles... felt like a 25 mile day. I realized that I need to cook my cookable food at the water source to avoid carrying that water till I cook. Its so much more work than ever to get miles covered that I am too lazy to cook. I want that food that instant like a machine needs fuel. I am recovering nicely though from all the big days back to back. The people here are realy nice and Ghost ranch offers alot to hikers to make it easy to rest and be fed. Love it.

Next few weeks are going to demand a ruthless determination to get through the snow, extreme elevation and long streches to town. Hitching to get food is now a factor to get to town for resupply. The real CDT starts in Colorado in my opinion... NM was just training in a nice easy progression. Now its time to put down every bit of go and do this hike... haha thats right ...do it...

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