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

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, May 6th, 2017
Start: BCS segment 17_16.2
End: BCS segment 17_12.2
Daily Distance: 4
Trip Distance: 2,449.4

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Another New Mexican Spider

Pie Town at Last

Slept in this morning until 6, no rush since we were heading in to Pie Town 4 miles away. Getting up was relatively easy in the balmy 50 degrees. What a wonderful sunrise, that lovely shade of gold and pink that is not orange but that is so special to desert landscapes--a lovely way to start the day. Shortly after we started on the trail, we were surprised by 4 elk--a couple made it across the road, the other 2 went the other way, alarmed by our presence. This made sense of housing development signs we saw that said, "Elk Ridge."

On the way into town, we met hikers: Steve, SWC (John, riding the Great Divide Trail) and Cameron. In town at the Cafe and Toaster House we met:


Critter (traveling with Garbelly)


Cruise Control

Chris (from the Black Hills of South Dakota)

Glimmer (from Pacific NW) (with Chris)

Yeehaw (from Germany)


Wildland from Ottawa, Canada

Daniel (sound engineer from New Hampshire, now living in Montana)

Natalia (from Montana with Daniel)


Wow, more people than we've seen in a week. I got in touch with Phil who drove us to Cuba, and he is willing to pick us up Monday evening at highway 12. After talking to several of the North bounders, we discovered they came in on an alternate (dirt) road route, which is 10 miles shorter and not on paved roads like the official route-- we can and will, follow this on the Guthook app.

The only question is, do we move on today or leave early tomorrow. I'd like to get back on the trail, but the weather has turned to thunder and lightening (2 days earlier than forecast) so we will go find some pie and see if the situation improves.

At least tomorrow, we'll start our final 2 days having eaten a large breakfast and a large late lunch today. This is good because all we have to eat for the next couple of days is our grain cereal, some Clif bars, trail mix, a little jerky and one English muffin, which Kerry will eat dry as he has given up on the nut butter. Too much trouble. We won't be repeating that next year!

I hope I can sleep tonight in this enclosed space with so many people.i We are staying at the Toaster House, a great stopping place for hikers provided by Nita Laronde, who we met at ALDHA West a couple of years ago when she won the Martin Pappendick Award for wonderful trail angels. I would say outstanding, but all the the trail angels are outstanding by definition, and she is no exception.

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