5/14/15, Day 20
Grants to M549.1 – 8238′
9 Horny Roads
7 Jack Rabbit
7 Cotton Tail Rabbits
1 Rattle Snake
Two big things to mention today. First up my new shoes didn’t arrive in time. I was told they would arrive between 7 am and 2 pm. UPS had other ideas and said by 7 pm. After waiting around all day until 2 pm I had enough.
A little back story on trying to get these new bigger shoes. I order one pair only to have the customer service guy ship them to my apartment in Carbondale. Those were stopped and a second pair were shipped but to me in Grants, NM.
This second pair was too late for my liking so they will be returned. So now a third pair are shipping to Cuba,NM and “should” be waiting for me when I get there in 4 days.
All this to get shoes! You’re probably wondering why I didn’t just wait for the first pair. Waiting around would have meant probably another night in a motel, more money spent, and hours of me fighting the urge to be hiking. I get very restless if I sit too long while out here. I also don’t sleep worth a crap inside once I’ve been out here this long.
Second note worthy thing is I saw my first Rattle Snake! He was just a little thing but I didn’t see him until I was about 2′ away from him and he was pissed. He rattled and coiled back as you can see in this picture.
Lastly I should mention I messed up big time and because my pack was already heavy as it was I only took about three liters of water out of town. The next water maybe 17 miles from tonight‘s camp and I already used some of the 3 liters. Total shit show.
I’m going to bed with a slight headache as is so I might already be dehydrated.
Tonight I’m camped with Memphis, Chilton, and Chimichanga. I met them at the Motel 6 and hung out most of yesterday afternoon with them. Chimichanga shared my room as they had four of them in their room. We all had Denny’s this morning.
Today was a highly frustrating day. If I hadn’t been waiting for shoes I would have left town right after breakfast. As I mentioned I don’t enjoy sitting around town. When I finally did decide to leave town without my new shoes it seemed to take forever. Grants was nice enough but I just wanted to be in the woods.
I really enjoyed the last part of the day. Being back in the woods and in the trees was bliss.