Joy Management – Nephi to Delta

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,


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