Day 24 – The Beginning of the End

May 15, .9 miles / 280.9 total hiked We camped less than a mile from the highway that leads to the small town of Reserve NM. We were able to coordinate a ride last night so at 8:30 a lady pulled up to the…

Day 23 – Where Chocolate Milk Comes From

May 14, 18.7 miles / 280.0 total hiked Today started at 4:30 AM for me as I suddenly woke up and sat bolt upright. What woke me up? Nothing exciting like a bear licking the remnants of dinner off my face. Nope, what woke…

Day 22 – Going Downhill – Literally & Figuratively

May 13, 21.8 miles / 261.3 total hiked Today, we have a lot of miles to cover to get to the next water source. A lot of the hike is on gravel and dirt roads, with a little bit of an incline. We hiked…

Day 21 – Beating the Gila Monster

May 12, 17.1 miles / 239.5 total hiked After 252 crossings, we declared victory at beating the Gila. The Gila was a neat experience, especially the middle fork, but we were ready to be done with the constant crossings, the sand, the bushwhacking through…

Day 20 – Two Black Bears in Two Miles

May 11, 14.3 miles / 222.4 total hiked Today, I felt more like a thru-hiker.  We continued hiking through the Gila (hee-luh) River alternate route.  We crossed it 100 times.  Our feet continued to stay wet, which was not a bad thing since it sort…

Day 19 – The Gila Middle Fork

May 10, 15.4 miles / 208.1 total hiked We took the Little Bear Canyon trail to connect to the middle fork of the Gila. This was a nice break from the river crossings and ended in a cool slot canyon as it joined the…

Day 18 – Doc Campbell’s Post

May 9, 7.5 miles / 192.7 total hiked This morning, we only had 3.5 miles to hike before reaching Doc Campbell’s Post which is a store, laundry, showers out in the middle of nowhere, it seems.  They open at 10:00 AM, but there were…

Day 17 – Getting Our Feet Wet

May 8, 13.2 miles / 185.2 total hiked We camped last night next to… wait for it… an actual flowing stream. Yes, the first flowing ground water we have seen (except for a small trickle in Silver City) since starting. It was so nice…

Day 16 – Passed By Doug the Hermit’s Place

May 7, 13.6 miles / 172 total hiked For about 20 years, there has been a guy who has lived on the CDT who only comes out once per year for groceries, supplies, etc. His name is Doug and he says he is a…

Day 15 – Onwards Into the Gila

May 6, 15.8 miles / 158.4 total hiked Finally we are back on the trail and starting a highlight section where we hike up the Gila river. Silver City was a nice town stop and a good place to let my shin splints calm…