21st April 22.8 miles (36.7km)

Bushcamp (54.3) to Bushcamp (77.1)

It was just after 7am when we faced the heat of the morning. I was kept company in the morning by many rabbits. All still hungry and not ready for bed yet I can assume. We also had plenty of practice climbing barbed wire fences today. I lost count of both rabbits and fences today.

The was a whole lot of nothing but heat today. It melted many a hiker today. I’m the only one who didn’t suffer. Not only did I not suffer, I enjoyed the nothingness today.  

Most hikers have only recently arrived in New Mexico, mostly from colder climates. So the 30 degrees Celcius today was hot. And there was not really any shade. A few scant shrubs at best.

By 5pm we had suffered about 19 miles. Everyone was baked and roasted for the day. I wanted to keep going. I felt fine. So I walked alone into the evening till the sun had set. I slept alone with only the coyotes for company. Tomorrow is only a short hike to the town of Lordsburg. Our first resupply town. We have all organised to meet up in town for breakfast. 

  

lots of Jackrabbits

  
  

we find shade at one of the water cache boxes

  
  

10am. typical scenery

  
  

no water here

    

Yes that is our drinking water

  

Yes I drank that water, it tasted great. Photo courtesy of Crunchmaster

 
  

Now its the Cows turn

  
  

We crossed the gap in the distant rocks, can you see a hiker in the distance?

  

Horny Toad

     

Another water tank.

  

This road was last graded in 1963

  

view near my campsite

 

14 Responses

    • BikeHikeSafari

      True. It only lasted about 2 miles. There will be more.

  1. Heather

    That water tank looks just like ours on the ranch for our cattle. Yuck! I’ve been through the desert in New Mexico several times in a car but never on foot. I’m really enjoying your perspective and love seeing your pictures of the trail and this amazing experience. Thanks for taking the time to update such a wonderful blog for your readers.

    • BikeHikeSafari

      You’re welcome Heather. New Mexico is a harsh place, they must be tough people round here.

    • BikeHikeSafari

      Cheers Hummingbird, there are heaps of them round here.

  2. Jakob

    I probably would have missed Horny Toad. Very well disguised.

    • BikeHikeSafari

      Everybody else did, I just caught some movement from the corner of my eyes

  3. leggypeggy

    Living in the Northern Territory was good conditioning for the heat. Glad you’re going well. Love the pics.

    • BikeHikeSafari

      Yes. I’m doing fine, the others from colder climes are struggling a little.

  4. Karen

    Those desert pictures look like something out of an old Clint Eastwood movie. Does the water taste as bad as it looks even though you filter it? Again thanks for the many posts.

    • BikeHikeSafari

      Dramatic scenery. The water tastes great, just a small hint of bore water minerals.

  5. anna

    Us Aussies love a good hot day! Enjoying your first few days read immensely! Cheers as always

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