Waxing Gibbous Moon
Despite hot temperatures and a couple of steepish climbs, the walk from Nephi on Hwy 132 wasn’t too bad. I took a break in the shade of a juniper tree just past “The Notch” and was gifted a bottle of water by a nice woman and her son. They were out picking up roadside litter – I felt an immediate kinship.
Mount Nebo dominates the scenery near Nephi.
I passed the fairgrounds on the way out of town.
After that, it was a long, hot push up to “The Notch” visible as a green patch on the horizon to the left. Not that high in elevation, just a steady climb in the heat.
Alfalfa farms covered both sides of the road on the east side of the pass. A horse stared at me from inside his (her?) fortress.
I was glad to chug cold water on my campstool in the shade after crossing the “summit.”
Dog Valley was next- dry cattle country leading to Furner Pass which was much easier than The Notch. I drank water every 15 minutes and rested/ate in shade every two hours. My Sun umbrella (thank you, Captain Chem and Sultry Sue!) had a good workout today.
I wasn’t sure how far I could get or where to stop or if I would ever get a cell signal on this road. With two gallons of water and good joy management, I was sure I would be okay.
To be continued…
Peace, Love, and Sunshine,