Ready, Set, Go

Day 1

Mile 0-17

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Radar, a Volunteer for the CDTC, gave Peace and I a ride down to the Mexican border. We peeled out of Lordsburg at the butt crack of aweful. That's a lie, we didn't peel out, we first had to drive around the hotel parking lot a couple times to figure out what the deep hard clunking sound was. We ended our diagnosis as it went away when we drove faster. 

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We stopped Ina ghost town to fill up some water jugs that we would cache on the way down. Not a lot of water in the desert, as you may imagine.  

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There are three starting points for the CDT, the most popular, and hardest to get to, is the Crazy Cook Momument, named after this hunk of concrete.  

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Hooligans like to knock this obelisk over. Radar, with the help of some strong body's and instant concrete remedied that. 

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The first blaze of the CDT. These are sprinkled about the first 90 or so miles of BLM land making the trail less of a hike and more of a scavenger hunt.  

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The motto of the CDT is "embrace the brutality." Two hours into my hike I was surrounded by thunder storms reciting this as I was pelted by pea sized hail. 

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It didn't sour my spirits — I had GORTEX.  

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Not a bad start.