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Begins: Apr 22, 2017
Date: Sun, May 7th, 2017
Start: Pie Town
End: Mangus Mountain
Daily Distance: 23.5
Trip Distance: 2,472.9
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Pie Town to Highway 12, Day 1
We got up at 5 a.m., packed up and left as quietly as possible at 5:30 a.m. We decided to eat later rather than risk disturbing a house full of sleeping people. I slept horribly last night, probably the worst since coming on this trip. I laid awake for a full 2 hours unable to sleep. I was too warm and felt claustrophobic. Consequently, I started out the hike feeling tired instead of raring to go as I usually do.
It was still dark when we started down the street on the Pie Town alternate route to highway 12 about 15 miles shorter than the official paved road walk. Venus was still high amid bright in the east and would fade gracefully as the gloaming turned to day. As (dirt) road walks go, this was fairly pleasant. The same scenery that we've had for days now, but we also started to see cinder cones again, lots of them. We started in Pie Town at an elevation of about 7200 feet and we're camped at 8888 feet on the side of Mangus mountain tonight.
The wind is blowing hard as it has been all day, keeping us cool, cold even; a head wind we had to push against no matter which direction we turned. Some time during the day, the front of my left ankle started hurting and by the time we stopped, I found a big lump there so I will be taking ibuprofen tonight. Kerry's feet are getting beat up too. You wouldn't think it, but road walking is much harder on a body than trail walking.
Today, we caught our first wave of northbound hikers. We encountered 23 of them beginning at 7:10 a.m. And continuing all day:
Trigger (Sean, a Warrior Hiker, who just learned his wife is pregnant, due in December)
A man with no name
Kyle ( these latter 3 all in red shirts so we dubbed them "team red")
Jim (these 3 hiking together)
Alyce or Alex (male)
Estrella (again 3 hiking together)
Hurricane, who we met 2 years ago up in Colorado. Surprisingly, we remembered each other after that one meeting, only a few minutes long. Just as a reference, here is where I described the earlier encounter: https://tinyurl.com/ybsnrr83. There is a photo of him on that page too—Later, Hurricane emailed me to say that he was wearing the very same shirt in that photo as when we saw him today. He was quite a character— he said that three times he has started hiking the CDT in New Mexico and the furthest he has got is to Wyoming. This is the year he plans to finish. To Kerry and I, section hikers, serial hikers, his passionate with to “thru hike” made no sense; if you hike the trail, you hike the trail, it really doesn’t matter what time frame you do it in—as I have written elsewhere, its the journey that matters not the completion of it. Oh well, “hike your own hike” and all that. It was fun talking to him, and we discovered we have mutual friends, so perhaps we’ll see him back in the San Francisco East Bay Area where we live.
Dos Egg Rolls ( 3 hiking together)
Spice ( 3 seemed to be hiking together, but Spice is through hiking and the other 2 plan to do the trail in thirds)
I noted there were only two women among the 23 people we saw today--interesting,
Well that's all for now. I hope to sleep better tonight!
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