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Begins: Apr 22, 2017
Date: Thu, Oct 12th, 2017
Start: Mile 16.6
End: Lordsburg. Elev 4245, population 3195
Daily Distance: 16.6
Trip Distance: 2,668.1
Entry Visits: 24
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Mile 16.6 to Lordsburg
We were on the trail by 6:50, light enough to see, even though the sun would not rise for another 45 minutes or so. It was also quite warm, harbinger of the hot day to come.
We continued on the road/wash down and through the mountains until they opened up on a wide plain stretching before us to the horizon where Lordsburg lay, still 14 trail miles away, at the base of more mountains to the South. We followed CDT signs--all of them oriented for North bounders, until at some point the sign placers must have decided on a more democratic approach, facing every other sign toward us South bounders.
The temperature rose all morning, and for the first time, we were uncomfortably warm. Later in
Lordsburg, the temperature read 90 degrees. But for a fairly steady breeze it would have been unbearable.
Walking through the desert plain, we got stuck with all kinds of plants, only some of them cacti. They seemed to have but one purpose: to stick us in the most painful way possible and then hang on to both clothing and exposed skin in spite of our best efforts to extract them. This would be a theme for our now uninterrupted walk through desert to the border. This must be the only real draw back to hiking the desert in the fall—the time when living things are moving into reproduction mode and seeds and pods and stickery things are at their finest!
We saw a few bunnies, a great many very fast hares, several groups of antelope, one big hairy tarantula and a bunch of beetles—giant beetle critters with green carapaces. The desert was alive with creatures and plants. As already noted, It was very hard work to walk on the lumpy land laden with plants just waiting to grab you.
Around 2 p.m. we arrived in Lordsburg and walked straight to the Post Office where the postmaster was very nice and friendly. The P. O. had those prepaid boxes already taped together, so I took one as I knew we had extra things to mail home. Outside of the P.O., a woman, Griselda, asked us if she could give us a ride, so we said, "yes" and she brought us the 6 or 7 blocks to the Comfort Inn. Dennis decided to stay there because he didn't like the looks of Econo Lodge where we were told the CDTC shuttle picks up and drops off hikers.
Afternoon comprised a shower, laundry and trip back to the P.O. with a box full of Kerry's cereal we are not going to eat-- plus a few other items.
Dinner at Kranberry's, which we enjoyed; trip to dollar mart, for bandaids and Purell; to Sauceda’s for groceries; liquor store fo beer. While doing this, the clouds that seemed to be gathering all day, decided to let loose and dump all that pent up energy at once on top of us soaking us on the way back to the Comfort Inn. I hoped that it would cool things down for our trek tomorrow.
Time to pack up. All this busy time was exhausting in a way that walking isn’t. Very tired. Sleep tonight.
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