As you can see, it was just a stunning day for travel as I set out from Grants after dropping Patrick off to begin the ascent of Mount Taylor. It would be the first time I travel through the Navajo Nation (after all this time in NM, there is still SO much to see) and it turned out to be just a wonderful day. Beautiful rock formations, mesas, desert-scapes, and of course, that enormous aqua sky.
If you've watched the Grants, NM video, you saw that we got laid up for a couple of extra days. We had moved in from Joe Skeen free campground to an RV Park for a night to do some laundry and be close to town - and the Asian Super Buffet.
On the road again! Well, it's been just about a year since we were heading out on a new round of adventure - Patrick's knee had healed up enough to take up the trail once more. We had driven up to Pie Town to try and time the sections to coincide with the start of camp hosting season in early May.
Made it to Pie Town and quickly found the free campground - Jackson Park. Jackson Park is a nice little "city" campground sitting right in front of BLM camping land. Again, it's free so its hard not to like it! Very nicely shaded spots, fire pits and a somewhat rundown picnic table grace the sites and we settled in for a cold night.
After a 3 1/2 week layoff due to twisting the knee, Kris and I drove the bus to Pie Town as a restart point. We skipped the Gila with the intention of coming back after reaching MT. It seemed to be the best idea considering Kris was shceduled to be in Pagosa Springs at the end of April to camp host and we didn't want her to be late.
The Fearless Bus has had the good fortune to stumble upon some real gems for hikers and campers alike this spring. While Jaco and I await Papa Crunch to get from Mt. Taylor to Cuba, NM, we are staying at a hiker camp/hostel called Rebels Roost. It's right along the highway after you pass through the town of Cuba. Now, you wouldn't know what it was unless you were privy to some hiker intel. We had never heard of Rebels Roost until we ran into another hiker at Toaster House (Pie Town). We looked it up and found a facebook thread that the owner had posted in one of the CDT hiking groups.