The Arizona Trail Day 46: Arrival in Pine

Thursday, May 02, 2013 – 6 km

I had been planning to relax this morning and start walking late since I was only six kilometres from Pine, but the Churchill wind returned with a vengeance last night. A partially mesh tent always seems like a good idea until cold air is seeping through the walls while the fly flaps furiously and you’re cranky because it’s very early and you’ve gotten very little sleep. So I got on the trail early, and what a nice trail it was! Relatively smooth and well marked, as if to say ‘I know that you’re getting close to Internet access, so I’m going to shape up so you don’t whine about bad trail conditions on Trailjournals’. Too bad, trail! The entries are already written. Near the trailhead I encountered a woman walking her dog. I said hi. She said ‘It’s nice to see someone else on the – SHUT UP!’, the ‘shut up’ being directed at her dog, which was being rowdy, and then she walked away. I admire succinctness in a person.

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When I got to town, I went to THAT Brewery and asked about accommodation. They had no vacancies because another hiker had decided to extend his stay, but the owner offered to let me camp on the lawn and have the cabin when it becomes free tomorrow. The other hiker, who turned out to be Hardcore (also on Trailjournals), then showed up and offered me the use of his shower. Let me at that nice free lawn! Hardcore was interested in the status of my air mattress, which I had wisely bought to replace my foam mattress in preparation for hiking somewhere with cacti. It’s still intact! He was also wondering why there was a pine cone attached to my pack. ‘Oh, that’s just Piney.’ ‘I… see…’

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