AZT Day 4. Wild Weather. October 8, 2016

AZT Day 4. Wild Weather. October 8, 2016

19.5 miles to Grand Canyon National Park entrance.
Total miles: 68.7 miles

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There is still some stunning aspen gold out here.

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Even aspen without leaves can look dramatic.

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I took a long break (hot coffee, hot lunch and internet) overlooking the East rim at the border of the Saddle Mountain Wilderness.

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One of the great things of having my car close is that I can keep swapping out gear. Yesterday I decided to leave my umbrella in the car. And today it decided to rain! Of course. The sky got increasingly dark.

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Soon I was surrounded by thunder and  lightening with almost no time between them. Soon I was pummeled by hail and rain. There was no where to go so I just kept hiking. Even if I had my umbrella I wouldn’t have used it because of the lightening.

When I got to the road and the National Park entrance I decided to hitch to my car. I had already been thinking of doing this so I could slack tomorrow. The wet weather sealed the deal. My instep on both feet has been hurting. I think it’s too much flat walking. So walking with a day pack tomorrow  sounds perfect.

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Nice snowman. Or maybe hailman.

It was an easy hitch thanks to Amos and Josh from St George. Using my pass I was able to get them into the park for free and show some thanks for the ride.  I checked at the campground but they were full so I had to drive back out of the park. I’m back at the exact same spot I was in 2 nights ago.

I feel so warm and dry in my car. I think I might be getting soft.

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