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Mark "SlowBro" Hurd
Begins: May 1, 2018
Date: Fri, May 11th, 2018
Start: Gila Alternate 9.5
End: Gila Alternate 27.0
Daily Distance: 17.5
Trip Distance: 196.0
Entry Visits: 408
Journal Visits: 22,083
Guestbook Views: 288
Guestbook Entrys: 21
We were on the trail by 6 and after a quarter mile came to Doug The Hermit’s area. He was not around, but Mr. Clean and Old Scout were camped near by. Another quarter mile and we found water in a little ravine.
We were working our way over to the Gila River but passed through a number of beautiful canyons filled with ponderosa pines and some with pools of water or springs. There seemed to be a lot of climbing for the first few hours, but by eleven thirty we were descending a long beautiful glade of pine forest along an intermittent creek. We did get off trail at the beginning and were able to do 20 minutes of bushwhacking before refinding the trail.
Philly Steve and Gusher passed us as we were having lunch and we returned the favor an hour later as they had lunch. Finally we dropped about 1600 ft down to the river.
Generally along the river there are some forms of trail. It often requires fording the river to continue as the river bends and winds through the canyon. In some places sheer red rock walls raise hundreds of feet and in others hillsides make up the boundary.
We didn’t bother to take off our shoes to cross as hiking here requires dozens of fords to go a few miles. Walking with wet shoes, socks, and feet seems to work just fine and Cappuccino and I were able to make good time once on the river.
Camp tonight is hanging in some sycamores along the river bottom. We did see bear tracks about half a mile back, so we hung the food high. Only a little over 10 miles tomorrow to Doc Campbell’s Post where Cappuccino will leave trail and I have resupply waiting.
SlowBro's Continental Divide Trail Journey
"I can't say as ever I was lost, but I was bewildered once for three days." -Daniel Boone
"The Journey IS The Reward" -SlowBro
"If you feel like quitting, just keep walking." -Gypsy Spirit
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