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

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Jan 10th, 2018
Start: 2 miles thru Lordsburg, Then BCS 4 25.1
End: 7.7
Daily Distance: 19.4
Trip Distance: 2,687.5

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Lordsburg 2 plus BCS 4_25.1 to 7.7

Just a few more entries to complete our journey--

October 13, 2017: We started out at 7:40, down Main Street. We could feel the warmth of the day even at this early hour, but we were happy to be back on the trail, even if the first couple of miles comprised the road. On leaving the road, we launched into more of the desert brush land that we saw yesterday, but the land seemed more even. In fact, someone had done a very nice job of landscaping the wild desert, arranging rocks to emphasize plants and outline the trail for the first few hundred feet.

We saw more of the large crickets we'd been seeing, one was as large as a mouse (with wings on)--They come in different colors, however here, reds and greens prevailed in various combinations. We saw lots of hares today, a few bunnies and one hawk.

For the first part of the day we had sporadic cloud cover and some breeze; this helped with our comfort level as the temperature rose to about 90 with no shade in sight.

About 11:30 we stopped at the Animus Road cache to rest and top up our water. It was here, that we noticed that Dennis really started having trouble with his ankle and when we got up to go, he slowed down more, as the pain had increased with rest. After walking on, it was clear that he could not go on without making his ankle worse. We talked about options and in the end it made sense for him to return to Lordsburg and get off his feet. Sadly, we said our goodbyes and Dennis turned around for his last painful walk back to town. I talked to him later and thankfully, Griselda, who picked us up at the Post Office yesterday, came and picked him up at the trail head. He will take Greyhound home to LA tomorrow and his consolation prize is dinner at Ramona's (recommended to us by everyone) tonight. We miss him, but we are happy that we got to share the Gila River with him, one of the most spectacular parts of the entire Continental Divide.

Walking on, the two of us now, the heat became oppressive as the morning clouds had vanished. We kept looking for the CDT sign posts, oriented toward the Northbound hikers once more. They were very far apart in places so we had our share of off-trail navigation interspersed with the occasional hint of trail. The good thing about facing the backside of the CDT signs is that they are white and stand out against the desert landscape better than the blue CDT symbol.

Clouds began to gather once more in the afternoon and a little after 4 the wind came up and the rain came, a welcome relief against the heat. There's always a drop in temperature and change in the way the air smells when the rain comes. I find it much more noticeable out here but I think if we pay attention we can smell it in the city too.

Toward sunset, we had a magnificent display in the sky. The steel colored clouds laced with light from the sun peaking through, rainbows forming and changing with the clouds and the light. Mountains on all sides rising at the edge of the wide open plain that surrounded us, basking in light that played on their tops with the movement of the clouds, and finally, grey sky tinged in rose with blue peeking through. What a display!

And with that, there is nothing more to say.

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