Sunday, October 2, 2011 – Cleveland Mine Road
My first of 100 hikes started off perfectly, with my best friend Nancy and my dog Cody. I found this to be a great start to my challenge since Nancy has been with me through so much.
We walked the back roads, sometimes blacktop, sometimes trail and mostly dirt roads to 120 Wagon Wheel Lane. Jim and Margaret were waiting for us with a birthday celebration that couldn’t be beat.
We started at about 12:30 and arrived at about 2:30. I estimate it was approximately 5 miles. Weather was warm in the 70-80’s. At one point it clouded over and got cooler. (later in the day it rained). The path winds its way around the northern edge of the Dos Griegos subdivision where we periodically got peaks at the houses. The next leg took us to the dirt road of the newer subdivision, Pinos Altos Estates, which is adjacent to the Gila. That meets up with Cleveland Mine Road where we walked south until we hit Little Walnut Road. Took that west to Wagon Wheel Lane where we met up with Frank (who drove up) carrying our party goods. Frank will join me on other hikes as his broken ankle heals.
Cody did great, a burr needed dislodging at one point but she stayed nearby and made it with no problems. I sometimes worry about her 10 year old abilities. I also worry that I can carry enough water on some of my longer hikes. Can I carry enough for me and dog?
We saw scat evidence of bear in at least 5-6 different locations. Note to self: bring the gun.
1 down / 99 to go!