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

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Oct 9th, 2017
Start: GH App Gila River mile 8.7
End: Silver City
Daily Distance: 17
Trip Distance: 2,611.0

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Little Walnut Creek Road

8.7 to Silver City

Unbelievably, it was back up to 59 degrees this morning. I didn't sleep well last night, 2 hours of wakeful worrying in the middle of the night about getting into Silver City and all the things we had do there. I watched the steady progress of the moon and Sirius as they travelled across the sky.

In the morning, Kerry awoke early at 5:20 and wanted to get going, so we did. We were on the trail at 6:12 hiking by the ambient light of the waning moon down Doug the Hermit's road. I could still see my moon shadow for some time after the light from the dawn became bright enough to take over the light of the moon. In the East, the sky brightened, no spectacular colors, just a gentle blush along the Skyline, then it was gone, and the sky continued to lighten until the sun leapt over the mountain tops bringing us day.

We hiked for about eight miles on roller coaster ATV trails until we reached Little Walnut Creek Road, an actual road that picked up more and more houses as we approached Silver City. Once there, we went to the Visitor Center and retrieved our re-supply box. I had arranged to leave it there as I thought we might arrive on Sunday or the Columbus Day holiday to a closed Post Office, as we did.

The lady at the Visitor Center was very helpful; telling us where to get food, restaurants to go to and loaning me some clothes so I could get our laundry done. Jenny from the CDT gave as maps of the water caches south of Lordsburg and explained what to look for and where to find them.

We stayed at the Murray Hotel, down the street. It's a newly renovated Art Deco building, so a little old fashioned inside but charming. The lady at the front desk was just getting off shift when I started out in search of the laundromat and she offered me a ride. In the three blocks it took to get there she shared quite a lot (that Mexicans like Fords—she was driving one. Her father was Mexican who probably married her mother to get a green card, after they were married for five years, he left her for his "other" family still in Mexico, even bought a house for them, while leaving her mother destitute). She was very nice and very helpful.

Later not wanting to miss anything, we went the local microbrewery, Toad's, for a beer, followed by an entirely too large dinner at the Jalisco Cafe (Mexican). Then on to shopping for food and to bed. Too tired, I need to make up for the sleep I missed last night.

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