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AZT Passage 35 Boundary to Moqui Station, AZ
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AZT Passage 35 Boundary to Moqui Station, AZ 
AZT Passage 35 Boundary to Moqui Station, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2019
Hiking5.27 Miles 523 AEG
Hiking5.27 Miles   2 Hrs   3 Mns   2.70 mph
523 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
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Part 2 of our day. We had not planned to do this but rather to get our vehicles and set up camp at Moqui Station. It was going to be a cold evening so in light of a fast pace for us in finishing Powerlines to Boundary, we opted to get 'er done. Shawn and Tracy took the truck from the Boundary to Moqui Station and Ambika and I just kept hiking north. We would do a key swap in-between, of course, so that I could drive the truck back to Boundary.

This time, the trail was all off the road and this time it was mostly through the trees. There really wasn't a lot to see and the terrain didn't vary much along the way. It was a narrow rut for the first part of it so that wasn't too much fun; especially cuz I could feel a blister forming on my outer back foot. But nonetheless, we powered ahead except for a 5 minute break for Ambika to down some food. I did a lot of narration on the video to pass the time. I also gathered in my mind that we should meet Shawn and Tracy around the 3 mile mark which we did, right on the button. That's when you know your hiking partners pretty well.

With two more miles to go it was one foot in front of the other. We finally were within site of the end via a wide open area that was sure pretty. At the end of the trail, we hung a left and headed for the Station to get the truck. As we were getting ready to head out another hiker rolls in and come to find out he was gimping and was wanting a ride to Flagstaff. We explained our shuttling situation and invited him to come aboard. He was a thru-hiker that had started at the northern terminus Oct 2nd or 4th. Brian had already hiked from the southern terminus to Oracle.

But now the fun time, driving Shawn's truck. There was a cool sand pile of a road for a bit that I got to shimmy through and before you knew it, we were at the Boundary. We rearranged the truck a bit for our shuttle with the additional passenger. Soon, Shawn and Tracy appeared and I gave them the skinny on our new hiker.

So we gathered up and headed back down the way we had driven-hiked-and now driven again to the Powerlines where we picked up Ambika's vehicle before heading on the road out to the 180. The Hunter Moon was up and showing off big time so we did have to stop a few times to try and get a photo. The dust was lying low so we got a couple shots of that as Shawn was ahead of us. In this part of the video, the guitar music is by our own: HAZ's LosDosSloFolks. I think you'll be impressed. And remember there is quite a bit of narration on the hiking part of the video as I was killing time.

We tried to find a hotel in Flagstaff for Brian but there was nothing doing. So he decided to go with Plan B and catch the 1 AM bus to Holbrook so we dropped him at the bus station. Brian is from Alpine. We assume he finally made it home safely.

We've now completed Sections 20 thru 37 for 345.9 miles. We have completed 33 of 42 Passages (600 miles).

Video of the hike and drive: [ youtube video ]
For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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