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Day 243-A simple act of kindness

CDT day 71-Miles Hiked today: 28

CDT total distance traveled: 2448

Total trail miles: 7328

Avg temps: 70s

Injuries: hamstring Achilles

Pain: legs, feet, everything

Exhaustion level: moderate

Favorite meal: a farmers beer During this final two weeks of my adventure I encourage everyone to donate to fight suicide prevention at: If there is one thing I have learned during this hike and would love to pass along it is that small acts of kindness make all the difference. While walking along a very lightly traveled gravel road a local farmer drove by and handed me a beer. He may have thought nothing of it but it really made my day. I hurt, my legs are so far past tired and worn out that I feel every step, I am mentally exhausted and some of these area of New Mexico are not engaging. But this older man took the time to stop, talk to me, I spent some time with his dog and he passed me beer before moving on. Seeing people like this and receiving this kindness lifted my spirits and I am sure will push me to pass along similar kindness. I turned off my alarms and slept in this morning. I was still up by 630 and did not feel much more rested but the casual morning was nice. I sat around until 11 when my package finally came. I resupplied quickly then had a quick conversation with the owner of the Toaster house (hiker, biker hostel) Nita before walking along the road. I can’t even manufacture events to make the road walk sound entertaining because it was just a lot of one foot after the other. That said Mexico is right around the corner so how hard and monotonous some of these last days may be I am trying to savor it! I began my last stretch of over 100 miles so once I get to Doc Campbell’s for my next box this will be over before I know it. And to be totally honest: I am ready!

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