We rented ourselves a car for the last 2 weeks so that we could become 'normal' tourists for a while. First, we took the car down to visit the Martin family and managed a couple of short hikes with MaryJoy.
Canyonlands National Park Utah
We then travelled south and visited some nice desert areas in New Mexico, Utah, Arizona and southern Colororado.
Arches National Park, Moab Utah
This is Chaco canyon in New Mexico......
A lovely camp with the last rays hitting monument valley in Arizona.......
The San Juan river has cut through the sandstone to leave these wonderful river meanders- Goosenecks State Park Utah.
The long straight road across Wyoming's Great Basin. We walked 23 miles in a straight line on this day.....
The sun and lack of shelter required some novel solutions. In this case lunch was under the tent propped up to allow the wind to flow around. Surprisingly- it worked!
We reach the 2000mile mark and celebrate with some artwork using local materials and powerbars!
Martina at our finishing point on September 26th- Battle Pass Wyoming. The next challenge was to make it to Denver , Colorado- it took four hitch hikes and two buses to get there. Ready for a rest.......!
Brian and Martina are walking AGAIN! This time we are on the "Hayduke Trail" which is not yet a recognised and maintained longdistance trail but more of a notional route linking Arches, Canoyonlands, Capital Reef, Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon National Parks together in 850 miles of fantastic sandstone canyon and mountain hiking and scrambling. We start first week in April and hope to complete in mid June 2014. Previous entries document our walk from Mexico to Canada along the Rockies on the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) in 2009. The CDT is about 2,800 miles and took 5 months to walk. It follows the crest of the Rocky Mountains where possible - through the states of New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana.