Pie Town to Grants, NM: Windmills, Trail Angels, and Lava Rock
The information about water in this section was clear. There were no natural sources of water except for a couple of stagnant, muddy ponds in places like Sand Canyon. It would be trail angels along the route who would make thirst quenching aqua available to CDT hikers. On the morning I left Pie Town I was walking fast on flat terrain.
One of several windmills that provided clean, much needed water.
Thank you for all the nice comments. I read every comment and am aided by your positive feeback. I am having breakfast at the Gathering Place with about 10 other CDT hikers before I head back to the trail this morning. Even more showed up after I took the photo.
The community of CDT hikers is another positive aspect of this journey. They represent young and older (like me!), U.S., Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Australia, Korea, and more places.
127 miles, 6 days to Pie Town NM:
This section was a continuation of the Gila River route, a climb to the Gila Mountains up to 9,600 feet, and to the small , friendly community of Pie Town. The Gila River canyon appeared to me like a 40 mile cathedral a rock formations that reached to the sky as I made about 200 fords of the shallow river. The beauty and intrigue of hiking a canyon had a price to pay. Many of the crossings were immediately followed by bushwacking through brush that hid what trail may have existed. On the second day I was beginning to look forward to reaching the end of the canyon, but happy I chose this popular alternate route.