Wednesday, March 7th. It’s been exactly 6 months since I started, on September 7th.
Thursday, March 8. My brother-in-law, David had to have emergency surgery, in Pittsburgh. I spent the whole day in the motel, waiting until I hear how he’s doing.
Friday, March 9th. David made it through the surgery and is recuperating. I resume my wall today.
Go David! I’m dedicating the rest of my walk to you.
March 5th, before noon. Arizona. Mile Marker 390. I stayed in a motel last night and entering Arizona clean and well fed.
Sunday, March 4th. What a difference a day makes (Or should I say NO WIND makes!), that horrible, punishing wind that blew 30 to 40 miles per hour in my face for most of the time here in New Mexico. The dirt and gravel frontage roads that were so hard to navigate were bad enough but the wind, especially, took all the fun out of the walk for 4 or 5 days. Yesterday, finally, there was no wind. My left ankle, which I thought might be sprained, seemed to heal up and didn’t bother me. I guess it was just another muscle pull.
So last night, with the sun setting 15 miles in front of me, over the Chiricahua Mountains in Arizona, I put up my tent along the interstate, here in New Mexico, and went to bed grateful for a good day walking.
Xena is doing fine, very well behaved along the interstate. Troopers and Sheriffs have just driven by, no hassle at all. 550 Miles to go.
I want to thank my sister in law, Jean (Lewis) for setting up my blogs or her phone where I call it in and it appears to her in print. What a blessing to not have to type it. She emails it to Lucy to edit it and post it. Thanks so much, Jean and Lucy. And thanks to my son Isaac, who has helped so much ever since Mississippi with the route Information, and couch surfing contacts, especially here in the West. And to Margaret for all the weather information. I do not travel alone.
This is an add-on to today’s blog. It’s March 1st, I made it through February! It’s been cold at night and my water froze again last night. I hope it will warm up again, at least a LITTLE and not to fast! I made 15 miles today even against the wind.
I should be in Arizona by Sunday. I was telling you about the dirt road I was on this morning. I finally came to the paved frontage road; the barbed wire fence had to be crossed. It took me a half hour to un-pack the cart, get everything over the fence and then repack. Then, a quarter of a mile further, there was a gate with just a chain on it! I could have walked right through!!!!
Later, I crossed the continental divide. That’s the dividing line for all rainfall, where it either goes to the Atlantic ocean or the Pacific ocean. A big milestone!! Maybe it will be more downhill from here?
Back in El Paso, I got to spend some time with John Sproul, a volunteer from Audubon. He is working on restoring some wetlands that have been affected heavily from the drought and all the agricultural use of water in the El Paso area, namely a 15 mile concrete canal which prevents the Rio Grande water from seeping into the ground along the course of the river. It’s amazing what Audubon volunteers and professional staff do every day to try to stem the tide of habitat destruction so that our wildlife stand a fighting chance.
I hope that any of you following my walk will consider donating something in my name to Audubon, even $5. It would mean a lot to me and go a long way to help our feathered and furry friends. Thanks
I have several blogs coming up today.
As some of you know, a very close relative has been in the hospital, and I have been part of the team of people caring for him and shuttling family members, etc…
It is a long haul, but I have FINALLY found some time to clean up the stack of blogs that has been waiting for me since the beginning of the month!
Please enjoy, comment, and be sure to donate to Audubon!
Contact me any time if you have questions :)
So I thought you might be interested that I’m walking through the desert right now. It’s parallel to the interstate. It’s supposed to be at frontage road but it’s little more than a Jeep trail. It’s barely workable for my cart. My alternative is to go out to the interstate, which I don’t want to do. I’d have to push the cart about a 10th of a mile through the actual desert sand to get to the barbed wire fence. And then take everything out of my cart, put it over the fence somehow; get my cart, my dog and me over the fence and walk on the interstate but I don’t want to do that. So as long as it holds out that I can walk on this road, I will. I don’t know how long it will go before it disappears. The hardest part is walking along and knowing that it could degenerate into something that I can’t even walk on. I will blog later. I just wanted to tell you right now, the wind is s picking up. It is supposed to be 40 miles an hour today, from the west. So it’s gonna be hard. Anyway, have fun. Talk to you soon. bye bye.