North Rim Logistics
I preached, pressed and hinted to get some of the five north rim segments complete for two years. Each time I was pounded with something like "it'll happen someday, uh but bla bla bla". The odds seemed unlikely and I had written off our AZT adventure as Mexico to the North Rim. Grateful!
to have experienced more than ever anticipated that was fine by me too.
Welcome to someday
, we are actually tackling one of the Kaibab Plateau segments!
Some enjoy cranking out the AZT in record time. Some find peace living on it carrying a house on their back.
Watching my dad's and grandmother's vacation slide shows as a kid was the best of times. So for myself (at least for the first time) I prefer to see the terrain, record data, go home, understand it, relive the highlights and share the experience.
Unfortunately this one is kind of a blur. It's a good thing I took a few photos and recorded a gps track. My lasting impression was "enjoyable".
Luckily jj3 was able to join in and save Denny and myself from pure exhaustion with a bicycle shuttle plan. He even held to the eased pace and took breaks but refused to eat or drink water the entire way save a spring box sample.
We camped the previous night. I forgot to pack pants so I thought I'd be the coldest. Apparently that wasn't the case. I slept like a baby for 7 hours. Woke up and listened to whining about the cold and noise I never noticed.
After this hike we parked further away from the highway in a nice tucked in valley.
I volunteered to cook the burgers since I was rather hungry. Personally I prefer med-rare flame kissed. Denny requested no pink on the inside. I delivered on the request only to find myself in whinefest II for the day. Simply no respect for a meal that not only feeds but cleans your teeth and is documented to relieve upset stomach. I've never heard of anyone complaining about whiskey containing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.
Based on what I heard the next morning all slept better on night two. I'm sure they'll attribute it to anything but the cooking
A Dash of Serious
I very much appreciate all that made this trip happen!