Daily Miles: 8
Total Miles: 2070
We did it! We made it to the Mexico border!
It felt like a quick morning today. We started out walking in the wash where we had slept last night. After a mile or so we ended up on a two-track for the next five miles. It was cool out and it felt really nice to be walking in the morning.
When we got to four miles in for the day, we realized we were ahead of schedule, so we stopped for a long break. After chatting for awhile, we just sat in silence…appreciating the complete stillness of the desert. It felt like a nice way to say our own goodbyes to New Mexico and to the CDT for the year.
Of course we managed to get off the route again in the final two miles before the border. Once again, the path peetered-out and there wasn’t a sign post in sight. We ended up in a field of the devilish burrs we had experienced along the Gila River. We bushwhacked our way back to the route and found a clear path the rest of the way to the border.
As we had the border in our sights, we could see a truck driving up, which meant that our Trail Angel, Tim, had timed it perfectly. It always feels a bit strange to be taking the final steps of a trip…maybe anti-climactic…maybe just seeing it as one piece of a larger journey.
We took some photos at the border monument, and then piled into Tim’s truck for the three and a half hour drive to El Paso. Tomorrow we fly to snowy Wisconsin, which will surely be a shock to our systems.
Our CDT journal will definitely continue with a “Part 2” installment in the future. Hopefully, next year Glacier National Park will fully reopen and we will be able to finish up our northern miles from Jackson, MT to the Canadian border (somewhere between 550 and 650 miles). We look forward to what Montana has in store for us in the future.