Date: 24 Mar 2019 9:57PM MST
Location: Friend's home in Phoenix, AZ
Today's Miles: 14.6
Total Miles: 300.5
Up earlier than usual this morning.
Sometimes the birds wake you up before sunrise and you roll over and try and to grab some more sleep, and sometimes you're just not able to sleep anymore and up at 'em you go.
Had a bit more up to walk this morning, couple of miles to finish off yesterday's monster climb. Elevation charts are great and all, but you never really know what you're in for until you see it in person.
The rest of the morning's climb was more of a gradual roller coaster of ups and downs, switch-backing around a large canyon with no good passes or real way of getting over. At times I had to reassure myself with my map that I was going in the right direction as there were so many switchbacks and downhill portions.
It was a beautiful walk, and the sun was still behind the rim of the canyon, making it a much cooler attempt as well. Couldn't imagine hitting these climbs in the heat of the day, as water is already pretty sparse and it's been getting hot hot hot out.
Speaking of hot, it warmed up incredibly today, seems to be getting a few degrees warmer by the day. Luckily I only had a relatively short distance to walk, and I arrived at the trailhead just after noon.
Sometimes hitching is tricky, but mostly it's just the luck of the draw. Lucky for me it's a Sunday and there were loads of people at the trail head enjoying their weekends, but even with that I waited approximately forty minutes for people to be finishing up their walkabouts and heading out of the remote area.
A kind couple from Phoenix with some doggos happened to be heading into Superior and offered me a lift, the husband super interested in the trail. We talked shop on our way into town, and they invited me to eat lunch with them at a cafe in town.
Food took forever to arrive, but no one was in a rush and solid conversation ensued.
After we parted ways a longtime family friend from my youth came to pick me up and host me at her home in Phoenix. Going to spend a day off relaxing with her and her family, really looking forward to it.