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Begins: Apr 22, 2017
Date: Wed, Oct 11th, 2017
Start: Jack's Peak at 36.5
End: 16.5 (from Jack's Peak)
Daily Distance: 20
Trip Distance: 2,651.5
Entry Visits: 43
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Jack's Peak at 36.5 to 16.5
6:10 a.m., 8000 feet and 49 degrees just like last night, it felt warmer this morning, even though it was almost the same temperature as the night before, probably because the wind died down. We put the flaps on the tent down through the night because it was so windy, I think that kept us warmer.
We elected to go without breakfast, on the trail at 7:11. Going over Jack's Peak, we saw two Javelins, wild pigs. They were hanging out together on the mountain. After that, it was mostly a downhill day. At first there were lots of trees and as we descended they started to disappear until we were left with the smaller oaks and beautiful round shaped junipers full of berries. By the end of the day, the trees were mostly gone and we were back in the desert brush and cacti.
Dennis had complained that his ankle hurt yesterday, he thought it was the road walking from the day before. He had taken ibuprofen but it was apparent that it was not going to improve on its own. At around 1 we crossed back over highway 90 and I suggested he hitchhike into town and get off his feet. We would arrive tomorrow and that would give him more than 36 hours to get it feeling better without stressing it more. We're hoping he'll be ready to go day after tomorrow for the final 80 or so miles to the border. We will arrive in Lordsburg tomorrow, and I can't wait for another big meal!
At highway 90, we watched Dennis hitch a ride ( we made a sign for him). There weren't a lot of cars and they whizzed by but one of them did a u-turn, a large white truck, and came back for him. This must have taken all of five minutes from the time he stuck his thumb out, first time hitch hiking for him!
Meanwhile, we crossed the road and headed back to the rolling desert hills, beginning to worry about water. About 5 miles in we came to the coop windmill, where a solar panel was helping a windmill pump water from a well. We turned on the spigot and out came the water. We took 3 liters each, this should be more than enough to get us into town.
We appear to be camped by the side of a wash, which is actually the road/trail that we walked down. The crickets are loud tonight, but I am tired. I think I will sleep.
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