Day 7 - Up, Up, and Away
Trip Start Jun 02, 2008
8Trip End Jun 26, 2008
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I am constantly struck by the amount of distance between anything in some parts of this corner of the country. At about 20 miles in I came upon a gas station and decided to stock up my fluids, since the next town showing on the map was about 30 miles up the road, and guess what, it was over 100 again. Tired of hot gatorade, I had a brainstorm. Bought a 10 lb bag of ice, and two extra quarts. Put the gatorade inside the bag of ice and lashed it to the rack behind my seat
Another thing I find kind of odd is that you will be driving on the shoulder of a divided two lane roadway and up ahead, in the distance, see signs indicating an exit, You can see a long, wide left and right turn lane. Surely, there will be some form of humanity off an exit like this, you tell yourself. You would be wrong. Kind of like driving through 10's of thousands of acres of nothing but sand and cacti, then seeing a sign that "says 10 acres for sale". Really? I'd bet they couldn't give it away.
Met a guy, John, at the edge of town. He seemed concerned about me. It always worries me when somebody asks "You feelin' OK?" My next thought is "I was". Anyway he was pretty cool. Former Army Ranger, he is involved in local search and rescue. He believes that most people that require rescue aren't out of shape novice hikers, but usually fit, experienced people, who are wanting to push their envelope but maybe didn't do their homework properly and are caught unprepared for what they have chosen to attempt on a given day.
I told him that people like that really irritate me.