6/1/15, Day 38
Saddle1321.2 to A&M Reservoir 1352.2, 7453′
Tent – Nights Spent Alone: 7
31, 695.6 Trip Miles
Mostly Sunny – Breezy – thunder showers
Day’s of Snow: 7 – Day’s of Rain: 12
# of Zero days: 5
6:06am to 7:30 pm
Gila Crossings Final Total: 221
43 Wild Horses
3 Horny Toads
44 Wild Horses
24 Cotton Tail Rabbits
12 Horny Roads
12 Ground Squirrels
10 Jack Rabbit***
1 Rattle Snake
*174 from car, **3 from car, ***1 from car, ****1 from car
Another brutally long day in the elements. Sun, wind, rain, thunder&lightening and sand. Oh and don’t forget the TICKS! I found two or three on me today but they were just crawling, not that that’s any better.
The highlight of the day had to be the wild horses. They were beautiful. We saw at least a half dozen foals. The first horse we saw was jet black and just stunning. I day dreamed what it would be like to switch minds with this handsome creature for a little while. To experience a life on the open range. The freedom to roam at will. Run from thunder storms and chase the lady horses all day if that is what I wanted.
We saw trees for the first time in a day in a half. They didn’t last long though and soon we were walking more dirt double track in the sun. The same sun that keeps buring my head. I have all this hair and I keep burning my scalp. It’s that intense out here.
This is no vacation if you have been thinking so you’re greatly mistaken. This trail tests me daily if not hourly. Today’s 31 miles came at the price of sun burns, dehydration, sore feet and knees, along with hours of staring at the same hill in front of you that never seems to get closer.
It’s late, I’m tired and need to sleep.
This day was long and for some reason I was in a rush to get someplace. I recall getting annoyed with Rafiki for taking so long at every break. I didn’t say anything directly about it as I knew I was being stupid but I definitely had ants in my pants.
The wild horses were amazing, as was the speed in which today’s storm moved in on us. It was not the bath I was looking for. Today was one of those days where you gauge progress by reaching each water source. Considering we missed the last one camp seemed forever to reach.
Once at camp my exhaustion hit. I managed to climb the dike to bath in the reservoir, then cook but after that I was pretty much useless.
Get out there!
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