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Brian (Buck-30)
Begins: Jun 12, 2021
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Jul 27th, 2021
Start: Above Trouble Spring
End: Soda Springs
Daily Distance: 11
Trip Distance: 727.0

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Deseret Hiking Route Day 46

I slept poorly on a side to side angle that bothered me more than I
expected and then some wind kicked up overnight too. I was walking by 5:45
am for the push to Subway after a hard week. I also had 400 calories left
to get me there. I continued on the nice ridge which was easy as the range
finally really mellowed out. After a couple miles I had an alternate to do.
The DHR headed west off the range to the small town of Grace except the
only motel in town was booked up the entire week by some company, probably
construction or oil and gas or something. I definitely wanted a day off and
instead of hitching to the larger nearby town of Soda Springs there was a
pretty easy way to just walk in and out.

I continued a couple extra nice and almost flat ridge miles as the sun was
rising and then bombed east off the range down a quite steep and at times
rocky 2 track. Nearing the bottom there were a couple no trespassing signs
which wasn't a surprise. My 2 track had exited the National Forest and was
ending in giant farm land where a road continued north down the middle of
huge farm fields to a reservoir. It's virtually impossible to figure out if
a road is public or private, even when the surrounding land is private, the
road itself is frequently public. It's frustrating that you can mostly only
figure these things out by showing up in person and still I didn't really
know. I didn't care much really, it was just a road between farm fields
although there was a lone farmer out there sweeping back and forth with a
tractor tilling the land. I just kept walking and as I exited the farmland
I picked up a paved road along a reservoir and then direct to Subway in
town.

Although this town diversion will add 4 miles in total I liked just walking
in on my own and not hitching. JRs motel was nice enough and even though I
was early at 11 am after Subway, they rushed to clean my room to get me in
ASAP which was super cool. And then I had Olympics to watch which is good
timing. Leaving town won't be as fun, I have 6.5 miles west on a state
highway to rejoin the DHR although the DHR also had 5 miles on paved road
leaving Grace.

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Deseret Hiking Route

The Deseret Hiking Route (DHR) is a roughly 1,000 mile route through the heart of the American West. It begins on the Utah/Arizona border and runs north through Utah and southern Idaho before terminating in the Sawtooth Mountains of central Idaho. The route was created by Kevin "Larryboy" DeVries. For more information: https://www.lbhikes.com/2019/12/dhr.html?m=1

 

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