CDT Day 21 (NM – Doc’s to Pie Town)

Out on the Range

CDT Miles: 380.8-402.4 (21.6)
Total Hiked: 332 miles
Elevation Range: 7,090-8,720

"Jump in, let's go
Lay back, enjoy the show
Everybody gets high, everybody gets low,
These are the days when anything goes...

Everyday is a winding road
I get a little bit closer
Everyday is a faded sign
I get a little bit closer to feeling fine"
- Sheryl Crow 

The morning stretch consisted of a 5 mile hike to Rincon Well. After descending a bit from camp, the trail leveled off bordering on these wide open spaces and eventually going across one of the wide expanses.

Rincon well was supposed to be good clear water.

The comments on my app reported a leak coming from the well head before dumping into the tank where hikers filled up. I didn’t see that when I arrived. Just a large tank full of brown water. My first thinking was the rancher must have fixed it. Second, maybe there’s no wind to power the pump? Only thing with that is, the windmill part seems like an antique and isn’t really connected to anything. Third thought…it’s a solar well and it only 9:00am. The sun’s rays aren’t hitting where the panels are pointed yet.

Quite a situation right. No water for miles aside from what’s in the tank, potentially none until reaching town tomorrow… what to do!? Well the obvious thing is to suck it up and use the brown water, so that’s what I did.



I was amazed at how clear the water was after filtering. I’d say we’re talking >1,000 NTU’s down to <10 NTU’s people. Just need my trusty old Hach Turbidimeter to test it (Brian that was solely for you πŸ˜‰). Sawyer makes a good product, I’ll say that. And with the tricks I learned at Trail Days, I was able to backwash in the moment and see all the silty brown water get removed from my filter afterwards. Still, I only filled one liter and decided to have breakfast, see if maybe the pump would kick on.

As I’ve mentioned a few times now. I’m hungry often nowadays. I’m not lacking in peanut butter though, and since low on snacks, started trying just a bit straight. Good calories, eh. And I can’t handle my uch of it straight, just like a spoonful. Oh wait, I don’t have a spoon… A few finger licks I suppose or suppose my sad carved wooden spoon should suffice…

The well did not magically power up, so I just went for it and filtered 5 liters. Here’s a little tutorial vid I made if anyone’s interested in the filtering process (had to split it up since WordPress doesn’t like to load videos over a minute long)…

Leaving breakfast, the terrain and scenery looked pretty similar for a while. A lot of the Pinyon/Juniper stuff.

No water at this rain catcher, although might’ve been broken regardless.

Then, it was back to pure openness, out with the cows.

And, I had flashbacks to stretches south of Lordsburg when I started having to search for posts again! And actually, here the posts just stopped after a while. I found lots that had just fallen down.

Not ideal, but using my phone I’m still able to figure out the direction to go. No trail though, just lumpy grass clumps and soft silty soil. Also not ideal.

What do you do though? Could get grumpy, but hey, I always feel lucky just to be out here and so I put the tunes on and did some dance hiking and singing along for the cows. Here’s looking back after reaching this fence line that I’d follow a few miles.

I looked for a tent spot for a long ways, basically keeping an eye out once I got within a few miles of the upcoming highway. Problem was it was windy and exposed, so I ended up hiking almost all the way, about .3 miles off the road. I set up down in this dry creek bed (San Ignacio Creek). Usually I don’t like to do that just because of the risk of flash flood, but it hasn’t rained at all out here and I had service to check the forecast even.

The wind ended up dying down and it seemed to be a pretty great spot. Set myself up nicely for the walk into town tomorrow.

Not much to this video, just feeling the mood of the music, eating dinner at the end of long day’s hiking.

Albums of the Day

“Sheryl Crow” – Sheryl Crow

“Chasing Gold” – Dustin Tebbutt

Song of the Day

“The Doing of the Thing” – Pixie and the Partygrass Boys

2 thoughts on “CDT Day 21 (NM – Doc’s to Pie Town)

  1. Sherry Hoekwater

    Your spoon looks a lot like a stick. πŸ˜‰
    Good tutorial of water filtering and I’m happy to see the clear end product.
    From the sounds of it, you make a good cow and you set up a cozy home on the range. 😁


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