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Begins: Apr 3, 2019
Date: Sun, Jul 21st, 2019
Start: Past Amber Lake
Daily Distance: 12
Trip Distance: 919.0
Entry Visits: 28
Journal Visits: 9,366
Guestbook Views: 231
Guestbook Entrys: 15
Up early I was walking by 5:20, pounding out the miles to town as fast as I
could. Meanwhile Heather was walking by 4:50! Most of the walk was through
the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge which was dotted with lakes and lots
of birds. 2 turkeys were the only larger things I saw. With very little
food left I covered 12 miles on about 300 calories and was in Cheney by
9:15 am. Very luckily I was able to check into the old and cheap motel that
early which made my day. The walls were thin and it was basically sitting
on many train tracks but the TV was huge and the air conditioning was cold
and the white noise drowned out the sketchy folks around.
Heather made it in by 10:30 which seemed really fast given that she started
5 miles behind me. We ate at a good burger place next door which also
had $ 1 big
gulps which was good as there was nothing else nearby. Pizza was ordered
for dinner and we ordered an extra one to carry out for our walk tomorrow.
The benefits of thru-hiking.
The temps rose to about 93 today. Hot enough to make our early walk and
push worth it. Our timing with this heat wave is pretty good being near
these towns. Tomorrow we'll walk early again into Spokane and then take the
next day off. By then the temps will drop although they go back up again
but probably not to the upper 90s which is coming hopefully on our day off.
The Desert Trail is a 2,000+ mile route from Mexico to Canada through the deserts of eastern California, western Nevada and eastern Oregon and Washington. Originally conceptualized in the 1960s this rugged, beautiful and almost forgotten route visits Americas greatest desert landscapes and wilderness areas.