April 18th

There’s a lot of noise on the highways we walk. Sounds of tractor-trailers blowing past and the steady drone of tires on the pavement turns normal in time. This afternoon as I walked into pine forest my sense of hearing found a certain relaxation. The pines create a melody of their own as the afternoon winds pick up. It was a short day with just 12 miles walked. I had lunch beside
a small stream with cold water to soak my tired feet. I think they shrunk a whole size! After the camp dinner a special finances circle was called. It was dismal information. But we all hope for better fundraising news. Financials are the weakest link and everyone has an opinion as to how to fix it. It is a tense time for the whole group.  In the morning after finishing kitchen cleanup, I left camp ahead of the main body which was split on two routes to summit the Mogollon Rim. Our walk seemed to go straight up, and was demanding. Once we reached the rim we still had another 4 miles to the new campsite. We are now on a plateau with pine forest and a number of small alpine lakes. So good to see some water return.
Tomorrow its a 19 mile day to Heber Arizona.

Roadside fundraising at the roadside general store

Roadside fundraising at the roadside general store

Bypassing bridge with little room for walkers

Bypassing bridge with little room for walkers

King snake on the trail

King snake on the trail

Atop the Mogollon Rim

Atop the Mogollon Rim

A visit with "blue" a cross country biker

A visit with “blue” a cross country biker

Visitors in camp

Visitors in camp

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