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Day 162- Fresh Wheels

Day 162- Fresh Wheels

Hi,

Since we did not start early enough for our thirty miles the day before, I was hoping to do so this day. However, Levi was not wanting to get up and moving and complained. We laughed and said he kinda sounded like me in the beginning of the trip. We were surprised at how wet our tent got from the morning dew.  I made some oatmeal and Levi packed up and we finally got to walking at 8:30.

The first five miles were quite chilly and the sun was hidden behind the clouds. We were thankful when two guys who were working at one of the natural gas stations came and brought us hot coffee and some bottled water. We still had our next set of tires from Albuquerque and this was the day we finally changed them, because it wore through to the liner. While Levi changed the tires I made some lunch. I also found out my friend and housemate Lauren had made it safely back to the states from Kenya to visit for Christmas, and I was so happy to hear from her!

We kept walking and made it into the National Wildlife Refuge. It looked exactly the same, but the dirt roads seemed a little rockier. The desert was very pretty though and very peaceful. We stopped to make some food at 3:40. Levi mixed some beans and rice for burritos which was tasty, but he took it one step too far when he added the instant mashed potatoes to it. For some reason he always seems to think that if something is too watery he can add the potatoes to fix it :) Once again we were hoping to walk in the dark a while and once again I was not a fan an hour after walking in the dark. It would be much better with a full moon, but I was scared of the dark. Plus, the terrain was really rocky and hard to push, so we camped and saved that thirty miles for the next day into Quartzsite. 

Comfy in the tent,

Shikira