Catron County, New Mexico has about 400 miles of paved road, and we're planning to walk every mile of it ... eventually ...

Friday, March 11, 2005

We Take A Break

After freezing ourselves to the bone near Datil, and walking another 5 mile section of 12 near Horse Springs, there were 11 days when we didn't walk at all. We are just a couple of ladies walking on paved roads and getting out of the house, not a couple of extreme explorers testing our limits. We have lives, and obligations, and medical procedures. Still, we missed it, and we were happy to get back to it.

Early on, we decided that a strict interpretation of our goal, to walk all the paved road in the county, meant walking the paved streets in the towns, not just the highways, so we spent an afternoon walking around Reserve. We estimated that we walked 5 miles, including the streets on the second mesa. We didn't have time to drive out and finish Hwy 12, so we started working on 435, which heads south out of Reserve past the sawmill and on down in the direction of Snow Lake and the Gila Wilderness. It's not all paved, but we think a good 20 miles of it might be, and we're going to start walking little chunks of it whenever we don't have time to drive farther.

Speaking of extreme adventurers, however, here's my book pick for the first week of March:

The Cloud Garden: A True Story of Adventure, Survival and Extreme Horticulture by Tom Hart Dyke and Paul Winder. This is the story of two idiots who, despite repeated warnings about the danger of being kidnapped, attempt to hike the Darien Gap from Panama to Columbia and get kidnapped. Through a combination of charm, loyalty to each other, and intelligence, they manage to stay alive until their kidnappers get thoroughly tired of them and tell them to go home. It's an incredible story, and will satisfy any need you might have to vicariously experience self-inflicted suffering in a jungle setting, replete with orchids and parasitic worms


  • At 12:40 PM, Anonymous Jeraldine said…

    The Cloud Garden sounds like a book I'm going to read. Have you read anything by Jon Krakauer, for instance, Into Thin Air? Also, you might like The Sorcerer's Apprentice about a man in India who decides to study with a magician. He learns much about magic and illusions and also about himself.


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