CDT – Days 62 to 65 – The Longest Days

DATE:  October 3 to 620121007-035039.jpg

START:  Just past the junction of FR 137 & 139 – about eight miles before Ghost Ranch

FINISH:  Grants

DISTANCE:  172 miles (276.7 km)

DAILY AVERAGE:  43 miles (69.2 km)

TOTAL DISTANCE:  2213.7 miles (3507.1 km)

Ghost Ranch: Along with Salida and Pagosa Springs, my favourite “town” stop on the CDT. Great food, amazing hospitality and a gorgeous setting.

Cuba………New Mexico: If landlocked Wyoming can sport an Atlantic City, I guess the high desert of New Mexico can have a town called Cuba.

The Longest Days: With the prospect of a reunion with my sister and her family in Grants, I hiked almost 100 miles in two days. Little sleep, lots of easy forest road walking and revisiting The Lord of the Rings audiobooks were the keys. That being said, my weariness suddenly vanished when I saw my little nephews with arms outstretched, running up the trail towards me as I made the final descent to Lobo Canyon Rd. It was the best birthday present I could have wished for.






















CDT – Days 62 to 65 – The Longest Days — 10 Comments

  1. How cool to have your family visit! What a great support sytem you have! The picture of your family is sweet! hope you are taking a well deserved break to spend time with your family!

  2. Happy belated Birthday!! (the little Israelie and I remembered you on the day, having dinner)
    I often think of you out there in the peace and quiet.
    Little munchkin is growing like a weed.
    Lots of love from us all. x

    • Thanks, Bronny. Great to hear from you! Glad to hear all is well on the home front. Looking forward to catching up with everyone in San Fran come early next year.

      • We had some setbacks: I had two teeth develop become abcessed in norCal, which was a bit of an ordeal between the pain and the getting them fixed, but we finished strong. Cheese, Bucket, NoAmp and myself reached the border together under clear skies. Couldn’t have asked for a better year to hike. Starting to look forward to the CDT…most likely heading NOBO in May. Of course, your blog is a huge motivating factor. Hope southern New Mexico’s good for you…how have the temperatures been so far? Many frigid nights yet? I’m going to be back East after you’ll be hitting the AT, but give Tim at the store in Monson my regards when you get there, and if you need anything, please let me know…I have a lot of friends up and down the trail. Cheers!

        • Great to hear that despite a couple of hiccups you finished strongly. Well done! How did your MLD pack and Hexamid shelter hold up? New Mexico wasn’t too cold and it was a little surreal to go from the sand and cactus of the southwest to the mud and maples of New England all within a couple of days!

    • Hey Bone Lady
      Thanks for your kind words. Hope the rest of your PCT hike went super well. It was cool hiking with you from Cottonwood Pass in the Sierra. A beautiful section of trail.

  3. hey Swami!

    Love your website. I’m @ the Del Prado Motel here in Cuba hanging with Mrs. Yang – awesome people in this desert town as you know. Sounds like you’re having a blast.

    When you make it to the A.T., make sure to stop by Cloudland Farm (about 20 miles South of Hanover, NH on the trail – .2 up Cloudland Rd, which is a dirt road) & say hi to Bill & Cathy Emmons for me. I lived there for two years. Amazing place.

    Happy Trails, freebird

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