Daily Miles: 10
Total Miles: 1678
The walking felt slower this morning as we started in the dark. The trail was strewn with rocks, so we were a bit more conscious of where we were placing our feet. It could be pretty easy to twist an ankle on such a rocky path.
As it got light out, we came to a really nice viewpoint, where we got our first glimpses of Grants with the colorful morning sunrise. We also got some great views of Mt. Taylor behind us.
All of the walking was downhill today as we made our way to Grants. We started to see some bike tracks on the trail…this area seems like it would be great for mountain biking.
We made it down to the road into Grants just before 11:00am. We stopped for a bit to eat our lunch before heading to the road. We also got to dump our garbage in the trash cans at the trailhead, which made us happy. Our garbage ziploc bags were starting to take up too much room in our backpacks.
We made it into Grants and headed straight to Walmart to buy new shirts. Beardoh had to keep his windshirt on in town because his shirt is in complete tatters. The shirts we ended up getting wouldn’t normally be our top picks, but we were happy to be able to find something. Beardoh couldn’t find a non-cotton shirt in the men’s section, so he ended up getting a shirt from the women’s section. 🙂
We are looking forward to a day off tomorrow. Our feet will appreciate the rest.
Good to hear you made it to Grants before you ended up stretching “naked hiking day” way past the summer solstice!!! Enjoy your zero!
Ha! Wouldn’t that be a sight! Our hobo shirts were embarrassing enough.
Sheila Pryor says
Joe and I have enjoyed following you and your pictures have been beautiful. Are you continuing on or are you done for the year? God Bless you both and be safe.
Thanks Sheila! We are continuing on to the MX border before finishing for this year. We have about three more weeks to go!
Clay and Janae says
The wife and I are just now getting into backpacking overnight after spending years in the army together. We were researching a thru-hike on the appalachian trail when we found links to you guys. I cant tell you how envious we are of you both!
Hey Clay and Janae! Glad to hear that you stumbled upon our blog! Feel free to drop us a line if you have any questions we might be able to answer. Happy hiking!