Silver City to Doc Campbells on the Gila River April 27-30
Miles to date: 189 (6.7% complete).
Due to poor bandwidth here I cannot add photos this time. You can follow my progress on a map: https://share.delorme.com/RogerCarpenter
Leaving Silver City was hard. The people there welcomed us and the amenities such as restaurants, fresh food, good coffee at the Javalina Café and the Carter House hostel were joys to me. The group of hikers I am hanging with was named by Allgood as the “Portland Mafia”. After a long road walk out of town the trail meandered back up to high country and a mixed forest that included pine and juniper. But it was the rock formations that New Mexico is famous for.
LORDSBURG TO SILVER CITY, April 23-26
Day 6, April 23: 22 miles
Day 7, April 24: 20 miles
Day 8, April 25: 17 miles
Day 9, April 26: zero day in Silver City
Miles to date: 143 (5% complete)
I joined our group at 6:30 am on April 23 and walked out of the EconoLodge in Lordsburg. The air was calm and chilly, and I recalled the wicked thunderstorm the previous evening that would have wreaked havoc had we been camping in wind that blew that evening.
Start to Lordsburg, 84 miles.
Day 1, April 18: 14 miles
Day 2, April 19: 21 miles
Day 3, April 20: 19 miles
Day 4, April 21: 20 miles
Day 5, April 22 10 miles to Lordsburg
I felt nervous after kissing Cindy goodbye, and on the long bumpy ride to Crazy Cook, the southern terminus of the CDT. Arriving at 9:45 I was still anxious but excited start but held the emotion inside.
With the support of my lovely wife, Cindy, I am ready to go to work this morning on the Continental Divide Trail. The van to the southern terminus leaves very shortly!
I very fortunate to have good health and strength at my age (62) to even consider a 2,800 mile hike. I do not take my health and sense of well-being for granted. After careful thinking, I chose a main theme of my thru-hike: gratitude and hope. With that theme in mind, I dedicate my efforts on the CDT to my brother Jim Carpenter and friend David DiCesare. Two small tags representing Jim and David will hang on my backpack from the southern terminus of the CDT, up north into Glacier National Park and Canada. Continue reading
Day Zero in Portland has arrived! After a very late night making final preparations Cindy and I are flying to Tucson!
The idea of hiking the CDT was born out of an unfortunate event. On November 17 my position at ESCO was eliminated. I worked there for 11 years and had the privilege of working alongside some fine people on five continents. Continue reading