6/17/15 Day 54, RMBP M1635 to Shadowcliff Hostel 8500′

Hostel – Nights Spent Alone: 7

7.2, 1010.3 Trip Miles

Mostly Sunny

Day’s of Snow: 7 – Day’s of Rain: 18 – Days of Hail: 10

# of Zero days: 5

6:38 am to 10 am

Gila Crossings Final Total:  221

Tick Count: 4 (4 more crawling on me)

Critter Count

9 Elk

3 Deer

2 Chipmunks

1 Fox


530 Pronghorn*

166 Elk

119 Lizards

116 Wild Horses

100 Chipmunks

67 Deer**

37 Cotton Tail Rabbits

35 Ground Squirrels

27 Squirrels

22 Horny Roads

19 Prairie Dogs

17 Jack Rabbit***

9 Moose

8 Snakes

4 Marmot****

4 Coyotes

4 Moles

2 Rattle Snakes

2 Toads

1 Mouse

1 Skunk

1 Weasel

1 Porcupine

1 Fox

*181 from car, **3 from car, ***1 from car, ****2 from car

Lots of dew last night. I slept well though. No elk came by in the night. When I went for water the field next to us was empty and 20 minutes before it was over run with elk.

It was a quick walk into town. We saw some critters and that’s about it. Once to town I physically hit the wall. All I wanted to do was sleep. We ended up out to lunch. I had two beers and a sandwich. The beers were a bad idea. I had a headache the rest of the day. Dehydration? Probably.

I slept a few hours that afternoon and then we cooked frozen pizza and had some salad for dinner. After dinner we did laundry in the sinks because there was no laundry mat.

The jest of the day was I was so tired. I’m really feeling worn out. That said I should take a day off but the feeling to push on to finish is always present.


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