We have food with us for about 3 weeks, but the heat does make us not really wanting to eat. We have to drink a lot, because it is very dry. Taking a bath in the river is refreshing, but it lasts only for 30 min. and then you again are dusty and sticky. The trail in the Canyon is very difficult for the horses and we do not make good progress. Cause the only go about 3-4 kmh an hour if we ride them and leading them does not provide any better speed, then they just let them self be pulled. We follow the river to the Gila hot springs and take a wrong turn, just about ending up taking a bath with the bathers in the hot springs. Later on at one of the many crossings, Apachee sinks into a mudhole and i load both my boots with fresh cool water. We reach the RV Park and get a Beer from the Campers, who are happy to show their kids the horses. After another 8 km we come to the second Hot Springs where we miss the store just riding passed. After 46 km we reach Woodys Corral at the Gila Cliff Dwellings. The manager of the store happens to drive by and i get him to provide us with hay for the horses. He tells us about the beauty of the trail next day and provides us with some beer. Great fellow.
2018 05 CDT Gila Cliff Dwellings
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Peter van der Gugten