CatronCountyWalk

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

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Rx for fire

Our walk today was shortened due to a "prescribed" fire on 141 south of Reserve. If you don't know what that is, it's when the Forest Service sets small fires in the forest to prevent large fires later during fire season. We left Cynthia's truck parked near mile marker 4 and were planning to drive up to mile marker 9, find a place to park the van and start walking back, but only got 2.1 miles up the road before running into smoke and fire fighters. So, 2.1 miles today. We intended to walk 159 to Mogollon this week, but changed the plan to walk 141 first.

Since they are doing prescribed burns back thattaway, we're having to change our plans again, and tomorrow's walk will be, hopefully, the first five or so miles of Highway 36 north out of Quemado. I have to say, it's hot and getting hotter, and distances walked may get shorter again 'til we get used to the heat sapping our energy, and having to carry lots more water. We'll probably not walk during June and July, especially if all we have left is Route 60, which is out in the open, not much cover, and could be brutally hot in the midsummer sun.

1 Comments:

  • At 6:53 PM, Anonymous Spike said…

    "a "prescribed" fire on 141 south of Reserve. If you don't know what that is, it's when the Forest Service sets small fires in the forest to prevent large fires later during fire season."

    We call them backburning. There's bush near my place so we get them every September.

    "We'll probably not walk during June and July, especially if all we have left is Route 60, which is out in the open, not much cover, and could be brutally hot in the midsummer sun."

    Ugh. I'm doing mine in Autumn-Winter-Spring for the same reasons.

     

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