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Begins: Apr 22, 2017
Date: Fri, May 5th, 2017
Start: BCS Segment 17_42.2
End: BCS Segment 17_16.2
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Gants to Pie Town, Day 6
I slept relatively well in the bed and woke up at 5 a.m. Ready to go. We finished packing up, ate our usual raw grains, fruit and nuts; then I fried up more of those fresh eggs that Carolyn gave us the night before--these fresh eggs that came from the chickens running about in the yard were amazing. The yolks were twice the size of those in the eggs we get at the store--so good. Then we finished it all off with a real cup of coffee--the lap of luxury! Cleaned up, signed the guest book and we were off at 7 a.m.
By staying here we basically gave up the possibility of getting to Pie Town today, about 30 miles away, but we were happy with the decision; we made some new friends, had some cold drinks, showers and clean clothes and felt rested and as ready as we could be for the road walk ahead: 7.5 miles on paved road, then 19.5 miles (so far) on graded dirt road. We came 26 miles today, just 4 miles shy of Pie Town but we'll be there early tomorrow!
The landscape continued as it has been for the last couple of days: gently rolling land covered in the desert shrub grass alternating with short trees, junipers and cedars. We saw cows and horses, and pastoral scenery surrounded us all day long. We just kept walking, counting down the mileposts as they went by; telling each other stories, childhood stories and I the category, "first time for everything," To pass the time, I even recounted an entire book that I had just read to Kerry.
Walking for hours on a road is physically stressful, poundingly painful on the feet and mentally stressful with the never ending sameness of the scenery. Tomorrow, we would have just a little more road walking after Pie Town!
Rain threatened in the distance but it's not supposed to come until Tuesday-- we hope to be off trail before it starts in earnest, one advantage to ending this section hike at highway 12. In the meantime, we had a beautiful sunset, a peaceful way to end a grinding day.
Lessons today (chalk it up to lots of time to philosophize)
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