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GET Day 27: Winston

Tuesday Apr 13th, 2021, 0630-1030 Duck Canyon solar water tank to HWY 52, then road walk/hitch to Winston, segment 27, mm 494 12 miles All was quiet overnight, save for some coyotes. We got an early start, eager to get to the road to maximize our hitching luck. Perhaps we could hit rush hour into town. The sunrise over the San Mateos, our next mountain range, was fantastic. We walked a series of farm tracks and some cross country to get to the road. The landscape was open prairie, with views for miles. We saw a herd of about 40 elk along the way. They ran all over the hills, in and out of sight. We could follow their movements[…]

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GET Day 26: Triple Segments

Monday Apr 12th, 2021, 0700-1830 CDT mile 250 to Duck Canyon near solar water tank, start segment 27, mm 484 30 miles It was our longest day yet on this trail, partly because the cruisey trail allowed it but predominantly because we were motivated to get through a 26 mile dry stretch without having to carry too much water. Our notes told of a fairly reliable solar trough at the beginning of segment 27, so we decided to make that the aim of our day. We’re lucky to be able to do such big miles because it makes these dry stretches much more manageable. I realize that’s not the case for a lot of people. It’s either carry the weight[…]

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GET Day 25: South Diamond Creek & the CDT

Sunday Apr 11th, 2021, 0700-1900 MeOwn complex to CDT mile 250, segment 25, mm 454.4 25.5 miles It turned out to be really warm overnight, despite the forecast. It was good that we camped where we did because a few miles down the trail, we descended 500′ into South Diamond Creek, where there was still frost on everything. Even parts of the creek were frozen and snow lingered in many places. Parts of this valley still felt like fall, with leaves littering the ground and even clinging colorfully to the trees. But as the sun began to filter past the high canyon walls and through the trees, a distinct air of spring permeated the valley. This quickly became the most[…]

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GET Day 24: Me Own

Saturday Apr 10th, 2021, 0830-1800 Gila Visitors Center to MeOwn complex, end segment 22, mm 425 23 miles It got very cold overnight…the thermometer read 27 degrees F in the morning and my partly wet skirt was frozen stiff. Luckily my socks and shoes had mostly dried. I packed in the dark and snuck into the RV trailer to charge my phone and get good wifi. It wasn’t much warmer in there so I drank lots of coffee and hot water. Too bad you can’t combine hot pools and device charging very easily. Just as planned, Tinman was at the hot springs to take us to the trailhead at 0730 am. I still can’t get over just how wonderful people[…]

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GET Day 23: Doc Campbells & Gila Hot Springs

Friday Apr 9th, 2021, 0715-1000 West Fork Gila cliff dwellings to Doc Campbells and hot springs, end segment 21, mm 400.6 3 miles I slept very well in my humble nest under the trees, like a little squirrel cradled in the pine needles. I really am becoming feral I think. We had a short walk to the trailhead and cliff dwelling monuments. But we immediately had to cross the river, over and over again. It’s always pleasant in the hot afternoons but the mornings, when it’s in the 40’s, not so much fun. Where we slept seemed to have trapped some of the warm air from the previous day but as we walked down the valley, it became even colder.[…]

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GET Day 22: Ponderosa Parks & The West Fork Gila

Thursday Apr 8th, 2021, 0715-1900 Moggolon Baldy to West Fork Gila cliff dwellings, segment 21, mm 397.5 25.5 miles The wind howled all night, sometimes even shaking the metal container. It was a bit drafty, doing little to trap our body heat. But far better than our tents would have been at keeping out the cold! And we were well protected from flying objects, bears, and vampires. The sunrise on top the mountain was beautiful, if a bit frigid and blustery. I was glad we spent the night up there but also ready to get down to lower and less burned climates. The notes indicated that the trail ahead was even less maintained, so we were prepared for an additional[…]

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GET Day 21: The Moggolons and the Future of Hiking

Wednesday Apr 7th, 2021, 0700-1800 Moggolon Ghost Town to Moggolon Baldy, segment 20, mm 372 20 miles I joked before we went to bed that the Mogollon towns folk might come alive as vampires at dusk, preying on innocent hikers that have wondered into the area. Or maybe they are simply straight up ghosts that would haunt us. An axe murderer to boot? When you’re camped in the woods next to a ghost town, these things go through your mind. But there were zero disturbances overnight and I slept very soundly. Maybe the ghouls and vampires just couldn’t find me in my camo tent. We hit the road and made 7.5 miles in just 2 hours. The road was dead[…]

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GET Day 20: Mineral Creek & Ghost Town

Tuesday Apr 6th, 2021, 1300-1900 Alma to Moggolon Ghost Town, segment 20, mm 353 14 Miles This day was all about dragging our feet and being tourists. In fact, it was my favorite day yet! We started with a lovely and relaxed breakfast in the garden followed by more play time with Mocha the dog. I didn’t want to leave this refuge but didn’t really have an excuse to take a zero. It’s always good to take a break but I find it hard to relax in the middle of a hike. Town days are usually more stressful for me. Plus, we’d only committed to one night and preparing meals for guests takes a lot of prior planning in an[…]

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GET Day 19: Alma & Glenwood

Monday Apr 5th, 2021, 0600-1900 New Mexico Border to Alma, NM, mm 341 9.5 miles We had a short road walk into town where we planned to have a big breakfast and again lunch at the Alma grill…the only restaurant around for miles. Just as we set out, we saw a herd of elk and immediately after another herd of mule deer…like they were all hanging together. Oddly, a lone cow was running after them, comically too slow to keep up. Town was as expected: a few houses and trailers with their requisite junk collections and the Alma General Store and Grill. Top priority was breakfast then checking out the store. It was a proper general, with some livestock supplies,[…]

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GET Day 18: Maple Peak and into New Mexico

Sunday Apr 4th, 2021, 0600-1900 Pigeon Creek to New Mexico Border Seg 18, mm 331.5 24 miles We had made camp in a wash after reaching a graded service road. We’d passed one guy car camping the night before but would see no one else the rest of this day. We got another early start and decided to make it easy on ourselves by just following the service road all the way to the Blue River. The official route left the nice road for some more cross country stuff. After the previous day, I needed a little break. Plus, anticipating a dry stretch of up to 25 miles, we planned to carry water from the river to last us the[…]

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