Start: Pie Town
Stop: Armijo Canyon trailhead
Total miles: 332
We roll out about 7:30 am and hit the road. Pavement soon turns to dirt. I see my first pronghorn antelope. Beads tells stories from Saint Kits which helps the morning hours pass. Just after 1 pm and at nearly the 16 mile mark for the day, we arrive at Thomas Mountain Ranch. The next two hours are a vortex of stories told by John and Annie. The sweetest people you’ll ever meet who help CDT hikers by providing water and sometimes a place to sleep.
It’s more road as the afternoon ticks by. 6:30 pm has us reaching our next water source and deciding to push some more miles. The wind had really picked up and we’re trying to hike until we hit the mountains (with trees for blocking the wind). The Thomas’ roll up in their van to let us know that a hiker behind us has one of our wallets. I do a brief check and don’t see mine so it’s probably me. Just before 9 pm we hit a trailhead and decide to camp. Hiker Wall is here with us tonight too and he’s got lots of adventure stories.