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Day 244-North Gila

CDT day 72 -Miles Hiked today: 33

CDT total distance traveled: 2481

Total trail miles: 7361

Avg temps: 70s

Injuries: hamstring Achilles

Pain: knees and feet and hips

Exhaustion level: moderate

Favorite meal: During this final two weeks of my adventure I encourage everyone to donate to fight suicide prevention at: The distance between water had been slowly growing as I have moved south. Now 25-30 mile dry stretches are not uncommon which mean at times I am carrying 8 extra pounds of water (3.5 liters). I can only imagine what this area would be like in the heart of summer. I woke up and walked a series of old roads and around 1030 and 12 miles in I was passed by bikers I had stayed with in Pie Town. They took a day off too which means they covered the same number of miles it took me over 24 hours in a mere 3 hours. A bike would be nice in New Mexico. I crossed highway 12 and was treated to some very marginal water that I would need to fill up with as it was questionable if I would make it all the way to the next source before having dinner. So 8 lbs of murky water and I was pounding gravel once again. Finally I got off the road and onto a trail where I realized how long it had been since I climbed a real hill. Well today was my lucky day and I got a good 1500′ climb in that seemingly wrecked my body. My hips began to hurt adding to the laundry list of aches and pains I have. But there was a silver lining. At the top of the hill I had enough cell service to listen to my favorite sports team play their first playoff game: the San Francisco Giants! They lost but it was pretty cool to get to listen from my sleeping bag in the middle of nowhere.

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