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Pierre Provost "Jackrabbit" Paul Dally
City: Vancouver
State: WA
Country: USA
Begins: Jul 1, 2019
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Oct 26th, 2019
Start: middle of really flat sandy desert
End: Lordsburg EconoLodge
Daily Distance: 18.4
Trip Distance: 2,120.5
Hours Hiked: 7
People Met: 6

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 79
Journal Visits: 7,797
Guestbook Views: 129
Guestbook Entrys: 31

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The Finish of the CDT!

October 26, 2019 The Finish!

To: myjournal@postholer.com

From: Pierre and Betsy

Subject: We are Done!!


Saturday October 26, 2019
The morning was again below freezing but warmed up pretty quickly. There was ice covering the cattle troughs. The trail took us over some flat areas but as the day wore on, we went up and over a bunch of rolling hills that gave us nice views over to the next mountain range.

Since we were now heading NOBO just for this four day leg, we were running into a number of other SOBOs like us who we have been hiking with, some for a long time. The other night as we were in our tent in the dark in the middle of nowhere, we heard hikers coming down the trail by headlamp. It was Chippen and Toystory doing some night hiking. We chatted a bit and then they hiked on into the night. We saw Becky and Tom, a New Zealand couple finishing up the trail, Abe Lincoln a guy I last saw in Leadore, Idaho and who made up almost 500 miles to catch me on account of my jump from Atlantic City to Copper Mtn. Lastly, just as we were coming into town, we saw Screamin Eagle and Dickhead. We so enjoyed the camaraderie of all these other finishing trekkers and also wishing each other congratulations. The whole hiking community is so supportive!

At the end of the day I heard the pop popping of gunfire but could not really tell where it was coming from. As we rounded a corner we realized it was a guy and woman target shooting into a pile of junk but basically in our general direction towards the trail. I did go over and said something the guy who said he did not see us. In any event, he got the message and we didnt get shot, all good.

We walked our way the last few miles into town, past a graveyard and a neighborhood into Lordsburg and right into the parking lot of the EconoLodge to end this journey.

Just before dinner we ran over to the small grocery here, Saucedos, to get some produce for the evening. In the aisles there we ran into Rainskirt, our friend from Madrid who we were dying to catch up with. We ended up having dinner with him across the street and then again hanging out at breakfast the next day before he headed out to do the last 88 miles of trail that we had just done. We also had the errand of finding some sort of footwear for Betsy as her trail shoes had basically failed in that you could poke your finger through the heel of her shoe. We found a pair of attractive slip-ons for $ 8.00 at Family Dollar.

One last thing, I am amazed and gratified at how many people have viewed this blog, at a somewhat obscure blog place on a trail that is much less traveled than the PCT or AT. Thank you for your support and interest.


Animal report: many big caterpillars all of the same type(big grasshopper?), jackrabbits, lots of cacti bird nests that we now know belong to Desert Wrens- the biggest kind of wren.







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Pierre, Paul And Betsy

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