Mayor’s 2019 CDT Redemption Hike Day 120

Mayor's 2019 CDT Redemption Hike- October

Day- 120
Date- October 17, 2019
Location- Side of highway
Elevation- 7,077
Distance Traveled Today- 28 miles
Distance Traveled Total- 2,303.4
Weather/Temp- Some clouds, 60s
Injuries- None
Pain level- zero
Spirits/Morale- Damn roads
Wildlife encounters- prairie dogs, gopher snake
Days without shower- 1
Days without laundry- 1
Hunger/craving- zero


Uggghhh, today was road-a-rific. Not! I was up, out, and walking down the road by 7:45 am. I stopped at a Subway to have breakfast, then stopped and had a Gatorade at a gas station about 5 miles further on. After that, it was just desolate desert highway with no shoulder. Thankfully it wasn’t super busy.

The highlight of my entire day was finding a baby gopher snake on the side of the road and relocating it to safety. That was it. The rest of the day was spent zoning out on my audio book, a few podcasts, and trying not to get greased by semi trucks. BTW, the current book is:  “The Road to Wigan Pier,” by George Orwell.

I stopped by a ranger station in the middle of the Acona Reservation and had a light lunch and refilled my water before hitting the pavement again around 1:30 pm.

Moooove Over

The redeeming factor of the day was the sheer canyon walls I walked along for several miles. They were the only real “views” I got today. I tried to pet a cow that had its head stuck through barbed wire, while trying to graze on the other side of the fence. Unfortunately (for the cow) – I only succeeded in giving it a heart attack when it noticed me approaching from the road.

A Sweet Spot to Stop

As the day wore on, I wanted to get 30 miles or better. With only a couple miles left to reach 30, I could probably see about 5 miles down the road through the open desert. There was literally nothing. No trees…nothing. However, there was a small cluster of random baby conifers a couple hundred feet to the west of the road, behind a barbed wire fence. A tree oasis in a sea of sagebrush, cactus, and lava rock. I waited until there were no cars, then walked to the fence. Next, I tossed my pack over and then crawled under the bottom wire and hoofed it over to the trees. I could tell hikers had camped here before. It’s the best looking spot for miles – definitely the mileage sweet spot from town. Great hiker minds think alike.

There really isn’t much else to say about today. I’m going to do a 41’ish mile day tomorrow and catch up with Jetpack. I’d like to get up and start hiking before 6 am, but we all know how that works with me. Maybe I’ll surprise you (and myself) –  but I doubt it. Nevertheless, it would be really cool to finish a 40 miler in the daylight…

A Personal Record…Maybe

I just realized tonight that I’ve cowboy camped every single night in New Mexico, so far. No tarp. No privy. Just me, the dirt, and the stars. It’s really a testament to the great weather.  It would be amazing to make it though the whole state without setting up my tarp. That would be a personal record! I almost made it through Oregon like that (on the PCT), but had to set up my tarp on the very last night before Washington. Fingers crossed!

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  1. Some of my favorite (audio) books are:

    Undaunted Courage

    Essex :the heart of the Sea

    Shackleton’s Arctic Adventure

    Magellan’s terrifying circumnavigation of the globe.

    Into the wild

    Into thin air

    The final frontiersman by James Campbell.

    I’d recommend them all to anyone who likes adventure, discovery, outdoor, travel, survival and history topics.

    Anyone who might be on a long distance hike for example and might need some mental entertainment.

  2. I’ve been following you since I read your book..I love your writing style and how real you are.. I love all the pics and living through them.. I took up hammock camping this year do to your post about it and I loved it so much that I took it into the home and that is my bed. Thanks for taking us along with you and happy travels.

    I was hoping to catch u in CO but no luck.. keep trekking 😆

  3. How funny-I was listening to The Road to Wigan Pier last Sunday. The part about the work in the coal mines was beyond belief, wasn’t it?
    Sending good vibes that you can make it through NM tarpless. Pretty amazing that you almost made it through all of Oregon without.

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