Friday August 11, 2017 Continental Divide Trail New Mexico Day 19
Day 19 Headed to Silver City
Two posts today
This morning I woke after a good nights sleep. But when I got it going, my altitude sickness was back with a good headache. We were about 7, 700 feet I think. It wasn’t too bad, but felt like I had a bad hung over.
Nothing to do but take some pills and head on out with the guys and hope we’d drop down some altitude today which we should. We are headed for Silver City New Mexico.
Left the work center
Turtle on the road
We decided to take a break at a camp spot by this construction so the lead jeep pulled onto a side road, but soon reported it was too slippery so they were turning around. I had just pulled onto the road and now had to back up a hill and on out it, but when I tried to put it in four wheel low, it wouldn’t shift. It was stuck, likely plugged up with mud from the previous days mud that had hardened.
Repairing the problem
I pulled over in the mud and got the tarp out to lay in the mud on. I grabbed a screw driver and went under the van to have a look. I found a bunch of dry mud on the transfer case shifter rod so cleaned it off and it was good to go again.
Needed a nap
Crossing the Divide
Rocky but not muddy
Staying at Silver City
Just after 3 PM we entered the small town of Silver City where the guys are staying in a motel and I’m staying in my van in the Motel’s parking lot for the night.
The last leg
Silver City sets us up for our run to the Mexican border tomorrow to conclude this part of the trip. I think the plan is to drive the last leg to the border and then turn around and head back to the Silver City area. Dennis and Cheryl our leaders will leave us after we make it to the border and we will part company for our return home trip. I will likely travel with Marty and Patti most of the way home.
So tomorrow Day 20 should wrap things up. Stay tuned.
We’ve finally dropped down in altitude a couple thousand feet today, so hopefully my head should continue to improve for the final leg.