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State: California
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 22, 2017
Direction: Southbound

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Date: Sat, Apr 15th, 2017
Trip Distance: 2,215.6

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One week to go

A week from today, we will have just arrived in Albuquerque and meeting Phil and his girlfriend, who will take us to Cuba to begin our journey this year. There, we will meet Rob, with whom we hiked last year. He plans to travel with us to Grants. We are not sure how far we are going. I had hoped to go all the way to Mexico but it will take too much time. I have mixed feelings about this--on the one hand I'm sad we will have such a short time on the trail; on the other, it means I will get to return, later this year or next year. Such is the life of a section hiker!

We are not taking a stove this year--as a practical matter, water being scarce, we thought we'd be better off not worrying about cleaning dishes. Planning our meals is a bit challenging, mostly because I'm a fussy eater and won't eat cold mashed potatoes or beans. So we'll be eating a lot of whole foods like nuts, fruit, cheese and jerky, with some kind of bread to wash it down. We always have our raw muesli for breakfast, which holds us well. We'll play it by ear, 5 days to Grants then we'll reassess and make adjustments there.

This is the anxious time for me. All the loose ends at work I need to tie up, all the preparation for the trip. I'll feel better once we get going.

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