AZT Day 14: Back On The Trail in Flagstaff

Tuesday, October 9
Miles: 9.1 + 1 bonus mile
Starting/ending: Flagstaff Urban Trail/229.2
Camp elevation: 7188 feet

I’m feeling a lot better after R&R. Most of the vertigo is gone. It’s just after noon and I will be hitting the trail soon. Hiking as far as I get in. Camping around dark. The next stop is Mormon Lake in 50 miles.

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I wake up in the hiker room at Melody and Tim’s. I slept well and my head is feeling better. Spinning less. Feeling about 75%. Breakfast of toast with butter and jam. Shower. Organise my gear.

Melody is amazing and takes me to REI and to run other errands. At REI I chicken out of buying a new sleeping pad ($170!) And decide to resize the one I have if I want to shave a few ounces. I buy gloves and bear spray (mostly for a sense of security and form of self defense – Phantom told me about running into creepy hunters south of Cedar Ranch trailhead who told her they wouldn’t mess with her after learning she had bear spray). I get a $5 iron at Saver’s to resize my sleeping pad.

Back at the house, I complete a successful sleeping pad surgery thanks to some YouTube videos (down from 1lb 3oz to 13oz!). Goodbye to Melody. Tim gives me a ride to the Flagstaff Urban trail around 12:30.

Hike! Some vertigo, some anxiety. A few day hikers. Partly sunny. Chilly. I go 0.5 miles down the wrong trail and have to backtrack. Whoops. Hike through forest. It’s approaching dark before I know it. I walk off trail and set up camp in an inconspicuous spot. No book, little writing, bedtime around 7pm!

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