17.7 miles (28.5km)
Escarpment camp (502.1) to Cuba (519.8)
It was a town day. A short 17.7 miles away. Crunchmaster was desperate for town food so he was hiking before me today. I was on trail by 6.30am.
The mornings hike was more of the same. Stunning escarpments and mesas. Then came the usual roadwalking.
We checked into the Del Prada hotel, the cheapest in town. The Korean owner took good care of us. Town chores were taken care of early. Eating was the only thing left to do.
We also received the sad news that a CDT hiker was found dead just a little way north of us. He was hiking the trail southbound last year and has been missing for many months. I never knew the guy but many of my hiking buddies on the trail did. He was an experienced hiker. RIP.