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2007-04-24 Three Strikes

April 24th, 2007

What a stinker. I was the last one out of the riverbank camp this morning at 7 am, and it wasn’t long before I wished it had been earlier. By 9:30 the heat was amazing. Caitlin and George say they saw a wild turkey but it disappeared before I got there. When I see them again I have a story about Californian burrowing turkeys to tell them, do I have too much time to think? Maybe, I did start work on rewriting the lyrics of ‘Paris to Berlin’ to fit my current adventure, including bits about giardia and water pumps, I’ll get back to you on that. The day was fairly uneventful. I took a four hour siesta under a bush, with my reflective sheet proving worth its weight. As the sun moved I hung it by the metal eyelets I installed and awarded myself another hour of shade.

Campsite in San Filipe Hills

Only just 9 miles today but that’s a lot in this heat. The water cache at the third gate (thanks Jan, Girl Scout and all others connected to it) attracted a lot of people, and we’ve been hanging out here before going off to find our own spots.
I’m sleeping out tonight, a.k.a. cowboy camping. Nothing between me and the stars.

I don’t recall sitting on a cactus at any stage, so why did I just pull three spines out of my butt?

More photos of this day’s journey can be found at Campo to Warner

Distance today: 13.6 miles. Total distance: 90.2 miles

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One Response to “2007-04-24 Three Strikes”

  1. Bex Says:

    Wow Craig! Well done on your first week of walking! I am impressed – it sounds incredibly hard to me but you seem to be achieving it all whilst keeping your sense of humour and seeing the bright side of things! Well done!