La Tierra Trail to Rio Grande River
About 20 miles
Both Sally and I are a bit more than nervous about the conditions we are facing of tomorrow’s ford of the Rio Grande.
The first 2 water sources on the route are cow troughs. It was so hot, we had no problems with the conditions of cow pies and all kinds of green stuff in the water and surrounding the area.
The rest of the day we hiked primarily on dirt roads in Juniper forest. The last 2 miles to the Rio was rough cross-country sprinkled with loose rock and cacti. The heat ramped up with intensity. I was nauseous and Sally had a headache. Our first glimpse of the river was meant with relief, knats, thirst, and dusty bodies.
Unfortunately the Rio has all kinds of bad things that are dumped into it and is not safe to drink. 🙁