Doc Campbell’s Post to Pie Town
We set out early and hiked at the sun rose. Eventually we ended up back in the canyon with wet feet. The canyon looked a lot different the further south you went. It’s a pretty amazing place. However I now have holes in 2 pairs of socks from the hard walking and the constant creek crossings.
24.5 miles. We made it out of the Gila Wilderness after 7 miles of hiking this morning. I am suprised, because I’m pretty sure I saw some mountain lion footprint along the valley floor. We made a pit stop at Snow Lake where they had some things thru hikers love. They had a water spigot, they had toilets, they had trash cans and lastly they had picnic tables. These are greatly appreciated by us as we do the usual hiker deeds and head out north. The rest of the day was pretty much road walking. We did have one beautiful section of trail through a long and smooth canyon. This landscape is completely different. Rolling golden grass hills with sparsely placed trees through the area. It is also a lot drier than down in the canyon. The dryness is welcome after we spent the last 4 days with wet feet. We ran into a forest service wildland firefighting crew and they were spending their day helping out hikers by handing out gatorades. Much apperciated. We had finished 20 miles by 3pm so we took another well deserved break. We would later finish out the day with 24 miles. Our sleeping bags are layed out under the open sky. It is breezy so we are laying behind the few trees that scatter the grassy landscape.
May 12th 24 miles.
More gravel road walking. We did actually hit 10 miles before 10am which is a good pace for a 30 mile day. We opted out of continuing that pace soon after 10am. There was some nasty cow pond water. I think I’m getting rid of my sawyer soon and opting for a chemical treatment.
May 13th 22 miles
This was a slow day.
May 14th 28ish
This day was classic CDT day. We dry camped and headed out the next day with the next water source on our minds. It was roughly 15 miles away. We were carrying nasty cow pond water from the day before. We were able to knock out 12 miles before lunch and enjoyed a lovely rest in some shade. I headed out with a friend as Brian got ready to hike and shortly followed us. A little over an hour later we found the water source to be dry. Oh no. We waited for Brian to show up so we could break the bad news to him and figure out our next move. I had 1 and a quarter liters of water and Brian had half a liter. We headed cross country and away from any CDT route on the maps. Our destination was Pie Town. About an hour into it we came across a junction of fences and found some nasty tire water. Lots of algae and cow hair floating around. So we took a little bit of water from there and continued. Further down the way we spotted a windmill. We decided this was to be our next destination. Eventually we arrive and find the windmill absolutely pumping delicious water from the Earth. We chose to overlook the “No Trespassing” sign and fill up 2 liters of water and we all continueded on. Now that we had water we changed our course and headed for the highway. We decided to stop 8 miles stop short of pie town to camp next to the highway and then hike in tomorrow. Such a lovely day on trail!
May 15th 8 miles
Ended up in pie town for the night. Staying the famous toaster house. Such a neat place. Small town, highly suggested stop if you are in the area. The pie is good as well.
Heading out today to head north. There promises to be more road walking and alternates in the future. Our next town stop is Grants just 3 and a half days away.
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