Hey y’all! I know it’s been awhile since I rapped at ya, but I’ve been busy. After meeting trail angel Nita in Pie Town and eating some of her famous pie at the Pie-O-Neer restaurant I mailed a post card to Grants with a water report for those hikers behind me. At the post office I ran into Francis Tapon who I had met on the PCT last year. He is doing a yo-yo hike, which means he started in Mexico on April 6th, hiked to Canada, and then hiked south back towards Mexico! We left town together and hiked for about 5 days as partners. This guy gets up at 6am and hikes ’til 9 or 10pm, so I just fell into his crazy schedule and kept up with his frantic pace. Francis is a great guy and excellent company so it was worth doing big mile days to stay together. What brilliant conversation! Unfortunately I had no time to write any journal entries, so here is a recap of those lost days.The highlight was definitely the Gila River and its amazing scenery. The trail swings back and forth, following the deep gorge and crossing the river about 100 times since the steep banks won’t allow the trail to stay on one side. Route finding was easy, just follow the river! Willow thickets and briar patches made for interesting bushwhacking!Francis is notorious for losing gear on his hikes and I was amazed to hear his long list of lost items. His bad luck must me catching because during one long, twisting bushwhack I lost my trusty umbrella! Retracing my steps was impossible, it was gone forever. Still don’t understand how it got pulled out of my backpack.Since Francis wants to end at Colombus we parted ways when the trail split, and I headed to Antelope Wells instead. A long boring roadwalk got me to Silver City and I contacted Erika, a friend of a friend who turned out to be a really awesome local who let me crash at her house. This town is fantastic! A co-op grocery, brewery, and people building mutant bicycles. I felt right at home. Tall bikes in New Mexico!
- Starting Location: CDT
- Destination: CDT