12 Jul Day 72 – Jerusalem
No I haven’t turned super religious, but more in reference to ‘Green and Pleasant Lands’. The terrain is changing more and more each day!
I definitely got too excited about the count down yesterday. Today seemed to take for ever to get through. I have to just focus, as I have for the rest of the trip, on the day, the leg and maybe even mile I am on. Like I said today seemed to take for ever, it wasn’t helped by two legs of today’s journey I was walking through a thunderstorm. Apparently we are in the middle of monsoon season…In the middle of summer…what is going on? Anyway I got through it and manged 43 miles today. Every extra mile is a great boost. I like thinking that every extra mile means I finish on my final day 17 minutes earlier! Still I am glad we are not traveling in this RV I saw today.
As my good friend George Kremples pointed out there is a certain irony going through a town called Snowflake in the middle of the Arizona desert. We are still at 5-6000 feet. So I guess they get snow in winter. Snowflake is a Mormon town with one of the few Mormon temples. I spoke with shaun who has quite a lot of knowledge about them. I presumed it would be a strange town due to my lack of knowledge but to be honest they were all very nice people and before I knew it I was out the other side and heading towards Payson about 80 miles away. When I get to Payson I will then be heading south to Phoenix. I did find this on the side of the road and Shaun took a picture of me!
Green And Pleasant Land
The land between here and Phoenix changes drastically. Today I was walking through mostly dry baron land, but the last leg took me into a National Forest. It is very green and with the rain it reminded me of the mountains at the top of the Sierra Nevada’s that I have skied the last couple of years with Thea, a very close friend from school. I will be in this forest until the end of tomorrow I think. Then we drop down off the ridge and into the severe heat of the desert down at 1000 feet. As for now I am enjoying the refreshing rain and cool weather.