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City: Chicago
State: IL
Country: United States
Begins: Mar 5, 2018
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Feb 13th, 2018
Start: 33.108523, -107.244240
End: 33.182890, -107.205991
Daily Distance: 11
Trip Distance: 13.5

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 670
Journal Visits: 1,180
Guestbook Views: 20
Guestbook Entrys: 1

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Shakedown Hike #1 Day 2

Alarm went off about 5:45 didn't get out of the tent till about 6:15. Took about an hour and 2 cups of coffee to break down as I kind of milled around for about 10-15 minutes when I first woke up.

By 7:45 the camp is completely broke down and I'm heading back down the trail. I survived my first night in the desert alone.

I went through 3 1/2 liters of water. So I headed back to the Bus because 1/2 litter for 2 1/2 miles is completely do able. I didn't want to strech it to the 4 miles to the Elephant Butte dam. After suprising Kris and Jaco, a refill of water and a cup of coffee I left at 10:07 a.m. heading to Elephant Butte.

At about 12:10 made it to the to the split right at the dam campground and sit for a little bit having some water and kind of figuring out which way to take up to two the paths to the ridge so that I can walk along the path that takes me and Elephant Butte State Park

12:30 ended the break heading over the Rio Grande now hopefully I'll find a path along the Rio Grande otherwise I got to climb through the desert. I've had two routes from dead reckoning just not work out. One of them along the river there was in a row that the seats were almost 60 degrees and it just no reason to put myself in that kind of situation.

I can't tell whether the Bureau of Reclamation has blocked off or somebody has private property or what not but there's a path that would take me I'm a half mile from it I'm half mile from the damn right now and that would easily have me cut right across the desert right along the be there but it's so hopefully be there in about an hour

To get out of the desert and come back to the road I had to follow a ridgeline after the road ended that took me down about 300 foot look like only coyotes use.

After getting to the road and waiting for a little bit I I walked up the 2 mi from the base of the river to the top of the Butte and was able to get in the campground got here about 3:45 and pretty tired pretty tired that was a long there was a lot of PUD lot of long long up hill climbs would not a lot of down hill climb so kind of tired and going to and going to make dinner and watch the sunset against the lake.

Made it to Elephant Butte State Park and took one of the shelters along the ridge line. Great views of the lake. Setup, made dinner, enjoyed the sunset and crashed hard.

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