Friday, April 5, 2019
Happy Birthday, Tim! Our oldest turns 30 today. What a milestone. On our end, Ed drove me back to the Mormon Lake Lodge, then drove ahead and parked the car near the Horse Mesa Trailhead and hiked back in to meet me. I hiked the nasty (rocky) 1.1-mile connector trail back to the AZT, then continued northbound.
The trail was very nice, mostly winding through pine forest. There was a little snow, mud and water, but not much. Ed and I met up around 12:30, then had lunch. Our lunch was from the Best Western breakfast buffet: Ed McMuffin-type sandwiches, with eggs and Canadian bacon on English muffins.
We finished the trail around 4 p.m., then headed back to Flagstaff. I stopped at REI to pick up some cooking fuel, while Ed went the post office to grab some mailing boxes. I’m about to be a “real” backpacker!
At REI, I met some very nice and helpful folks. One was Justin, an AZT trail angel. He gave me tons of good intel about the trail ahead, plus convinced me to take two easy days (after tomorrow) to rest my feet and prepare for the push over the snowy mountain, where I might be post-holing for 7-8 miles. He also showed me some things about my tent that had puzzled me (remember, I’m new to camping!).
Justin mentioned I should be calorie-loading while in Flagstaff. What’s not to like about that? Since I know I’ve lost a lot of weight, Ed and I went to a Mexican restaurant, where we ate lots of chips, tacos and drank giant margaritas (or maybe I just did the latter).
I’m so excited for the next two weeks, but so excited to come back home.
14 miles today
512.4 miles to date
287.6 miles to go