Date: 09 Mar 2019 07:28PM MST
Location: Camping near mile 58.5
Today's Miles: 16.2
Total Miles: 58.5
Real cold night last night, definitely didn't expect that when I decided to come out and walk the AZT. Bit of freezing in my water bottles, and a thick coat of frost over the ground and my tent when I woke.
It's never easy for me to get out of the bag when it's so cold, especially when the sun hasn't come up yet. Took quite some time to pack up, but when the sun finally crested the canyon I was sleeping in, it motivated me to move faster - if only because I could take frequent breaks to warm my hands in my pockets and my body in the sun.
Slept about nine miles outside of the town of Patagonia, managed to get in before too long. Stopped at the first coffee shop I saw and snatched up a raspberry and cream cheese turnover and a large cup of coffee. Used the WiFi for a bit to check in with my wife and daughter, and relaxed for a bit.
Wandered further into town before bumping into another hiker, asked a few pertinent questions about where he ate and what the resupply situation was, and wandered right into another coffee shop sort of place.
Plugged in all my electronics and ordered a big ole salad with a medium rare cheeseburger patty thrown on top. Ate my salad and drank glass after glass of water as I uploaded a few journal entries to the site.
Wandered further down the main drag of the town and found a food co-op, purchased a few things to fill me out for the next few days. I unfortunately will be heading back into town in a short span of time, have a replacement set of sunglasses lenses to pick up in Sonita that didn't arrive in time before I left home, so my wife shipped them to me on the trail.
Thems the breaks sometime.
Left town and spent the rest of the day walking on arid, dirt forest service roads. Not the most spectacular day for walking, three of the miles into town were on pavement, and the seven out were on pavement and dirt roads, with about seven more tomorrow before linking back up with actual trail.
If the limited hiking I've done has taught me anything though, it's to put your expectations aside and just enjoy whatever the trail throws at you, for better or for worse.
Managed to find a small grassy plot aside a stream for the night, too good to pass up since grass has been so sparse since the start.
The sky put on an incredible display tonight as the sun set. While I couldn't see the sun itself behind some hills, I ran up a steep canyon incline to get the best view I could, and was not disappointed. The sky appeared to be on fire with oranges and reds and purples. It's amazing how different the sunsets are depending on where you are in the world.