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Begins: Apr 22, 2017
Date: Mon, May 8th, 2017
Start: Mangus Mountain (north side)
End: Highway 12, BCS Segment 23.2 (trailhead)
Daily Distance: 16.5
Trip Distance: 2,489.4
Entry Visits: 88
Journal Visits: 79,935
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Pie Town to Hi 12 Alternate (day 2)
Slept in a bit, until 5:50 since we knew we had plenty of time to get to the trailhead at road 12. It was 41 degrees this morning, elevation 9216.
No sooner had we set foot on the trail than Arizona Chap came from the south, so we stood and talked to him for a while. He plans to get to Grants in time to catch a bus home to Tucson for Mother's Day.
Finally, we continued up hill on Mangus Mountain—I think we kept rising to almost 10,000 feet before we started the descent down. My ankle felt better this morning, then started to hurt, but by afternoon I seemed to have walked through the pain. The trail eventually turned into a dirt road. We missed the turn for water, but we didn’t need it anyway. On the way down the mountain we passed a side road and a water cache to the side, which we also left.
I don’t know how I felt about having to leave today— we’d been on the trail for just 2 weeks and it just didn’t feel like enough. Unfortunately, we couldn’t take another three weeks to to get to Mexico and there was no good exit point for us going south. So we started to think about when we might be able to return for the final section.
At the trailhead, we texted Phil to let him know where we were and sat by the side of the road to wait. The sky clouded over and the temperature dropped from cool to cold. We opened up our sleeping bags and tucked them over us to stay warm.
Hikers we met today:
Arizona Chap, Dave
At the trailhead:
Dave from Boulder (on his way to Reserve for a couple of days--that's where his partner is who is leaving the trail due to illness). He told us that there were a lot of people that started North Bound but he knew many of them had dropped out already.
When Phil came, we started the long trip back to Albuquerque. The terrain rolled by us, mile after mile of desert and distant mountains, a speedier version of our walk for the past two weeks. On the way back, we stopped once for dinner and to see the “Very Large Array”, an amazing radio telescope that has been featured in many movies about the great beyond. Phil has always been fascinated by it and hopes to work there.
Re-entry is always hard.
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