CDT: Day 0 – Phoenix to Lordsburgh
Tuesday April 16, 2019
I think we’ve been ready to start on the trail a week ago. There is a certain nervous tension. A bit like waiting to sit an exam, you just want to get started and see if it all comes back. And Hammer feels like we’ve just been marking time till we could get started. Are we ready – maybe, time will tell. This trail will be a different beast.
So finally the day before we start the hike is here. We had to return the rental car and get a Greyhound bus to Lordsburgh in New Mexico. Hammer dropped me off at the Greyhound bus terminal and he drove around the block to the car rental building. Its only the second time in 21 days we’ve been separated and I was anxious for him to return, on foot.
The Greyhound waiting room was busy. And while I was waiting for Hammer, I was asked twice to move as I was blocking something or other. Happy to oblige, but also keen for Hammer to get back so we could check in.
There was a slight delay in our departure. Hammer made it back much to my relief. We checked in and were soon called to board. There was one other CDT hiker on our bus, Emma from Sweden. Her trail name is Coffee Bean – nice, another coffee addict.
The bus pulled out of Phoenix, stopping at Tuscon before Lordsburgh. Much of the landscape south to Tuscon was now familiar.
And the parts of Tuscon we saw from the bus looked really nice. A city surrounded by mountains close by. The bus filled in Tuscon with young families. Not quite sure what was going on but they looked a bit out of place. A bit like us but in a different way.
As soon as we left Tuscon and headed east the landscape changed. The tall cactus was replaced by grass trees and there appeared to be more ground cover. We passed my miles of orchards of some kind. The trees all planted in neat rows.
In another two and a half hours we were in Lordsburgh. What a curious town. The part of town near our motel seems to be in decline. A lot of places are closed and the only people we saw in the late afternoon were a few other hikers getting last minute provisions.
By days end a rolling thunderstorm and howling wind arrived in Lordsburgh. Hope it’s gone by the morning.
Good luck and Happy Trails. Capt’n
See you soon Capt’n
I wish you both a fantastic time on the trail! From what I learned last year while following Dixie’s journey on YouTube, it starts out a little bleak and sparse water sources but it will improve in a few weeks. I’m finishing the Camino starting next week but I’ll be keeping up with your hike as well.
Thank you. Good to hear from you. It us great that you will be going back to Spain. I envy you, I love Spain and it is such a good time of the year. I don’t expect that New Mexico desert to provide the Californian high desert splendour. But we will see. Buen Camino.
Oops, I posted again because I didn’t see it but now I see both (more patience required I guess…). Thanks
No problem. I loved Dixies vlogs.
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Hi Hammer and Corky.
I’ve enjoyed the road trip but looking forward to following your adventures on the trail.
Have a great hike!
Have a fantastic journey! Last year, I followed Dixie’s YouTube documentary for her CDT venture and it looked very exciting; started a little bleak / sketchy water sources but improves soon after. Looking forward to following your trip.
I am really looking forward to following your blog posts for this next big adventure. I have been following since you did the PCT. I love all the photos so much. Your adventure lifts my spirits as I watch from home, it also inspires me to move more which is good for my soul and my body. Thank you. Good luck on your start, I can hardly wait!
That is so nice Kakiyork. Thank you for your kind words. We are nervously excited for this new challenge. Good to know we’ll have company.
Good luck to you guys!! Take care
Napoleon and Red Cross say hi from Switzerland
I am wishing you both a great hike and good health on your CDT adventure. I followed your excellent blog on the PCT and am curious to see how you find the CDT.
Like Kakiyork (a friend) I am really excited to follow along on this adventure. I followed Dixie from Homemade Wanderlust last year. Will be interesting to see how the conditions look this year as compared to last. Good luck!
Hi Corky and Hammer, this is Delta from France.
So good you are back on a big trail together, I am jealous as I need to work to earn for next long walk…
Wish you all the best, take care of each of you and enjoy every day of this new challenge.
So good to hear from you Delta, we have many happy memories from the PCT. Thank you for your kind wishes. You’ll be back.