Friday, December 14, 2018

United States & Mexico 2011-2012

Weeks 1-2, Page Arizona to Prescott Arizona, 11-8-2011 to 11-21-2011, 241 miles, 24,038 Total World Walk Miles.

On the road walking again and I feel great now. It is amazing how much better I feel when I am walking every day, camping out every night, and seeing all kinds of new sights. I never know who I will meet or what new experience I will have. It must be all the extra oxygen and blood that gets pumped to my brain from walking that makes me feel great. I am always coming up with amazing ideas and thoughts. Most of this summer I have been kind of lazy and in a blue funk. My daily stretching, walking, and biking routine was a little off, not as much as I usually do. I knew if I would just do it every day, I would feel a lot better mentally and physically. But for some reason I kept on oversleeping and watching way to much TV. I almost did not come on this winters walk, but deep down I knew once I started walking everything would be fine. I'm on the road again and still walking about 20 miles a day with no aches or pains in my body.

Headed south from Page Az where I worked at Lake Powell Resort again for the summer. Great place to spend the summer. Taking route 89 south through the Navajo Reservation, Flagstaff, Sedona, Jerome, and all the way down to Mexico hopefully. Lots of nice colors as the salt cedars and cottonwoods are changing their leaves yellow and contrast nicely with the red sandstone and green pine trees. Cool to cold nights, 28F to 45F, and warm sunny days, 45F to 70F. no snow or rain yet, but my rainfly sometimes has ice on the inside from my exhalations all night.

Lots of people stopping every day to chat and ask questions. They almost always want to give me something, water, food, advice about the local area, or invite me into their home for dinner and to stay overnight in a warm bed. Amazing how many nice people out there, not one single bad experience on this trip yet. One couple stopped and gave me a big takeout container of chinese food that was still warm. Another couple gave me a big bag of sandwiches, candy bars, and water. A bag of Fritos chips came flying at me as the Lays potato chip truck went by. I think the guy driving used to work with me at Lake Powell. The Catholic Church car stopped to see if I needed anything. They had a big load of tents, sleeping bags, food, water, warm clothes, and other misc stuff. I think they just roam around the area looking for homeless people to help. Lots of people think I am a homeless bum down on my luck till they stop and talk to me, and find out how will
organized I am. I will have to write a chapter on homelessness and what in my opinion will help them the most. Tent and sleeping bag the most important, lots have health problems from sleeping out in the wet and cold unprotected. Something to carry all their possessions is next. Shopping carts are okay, but not very easy to push or very secure. My set up with "Runabout Stroller" (available at www.bergdesign.net), lockable plastic "Contico" footlocker ($17.95 at Wal-mart) white 10 gallon bucket (pools or pool supply stores have them) , and steel u-bolt bicycle lock ($10 at wal-mart), works great. There is a real nice design for a 4 wheel homeless trailer in the book "Tiny, Tiny, Houses", I think by Gary Lester. It was a entry in a contest for temporary homeless solutions in NYC I think. It looks like a Connestoga wagon or sheep camp trailer. Light enough to be hauled around by one or two people, but enough space to sleep 2 people. Could be easily
outfitted with portable toilet, sun shower bag, unfolding back tailgate for outdoor kitchen, and various other misc stuff that would come in handy. You could put together a rig like mine for anywhere from $50 to $1000, depending on whether you went with all new stuff or got stuff cheap at church thrift stores like Goodwill, Salvation Army, or local church store.

Salvo from Spain stopped to chat from his Mt bike. 5 years and 100,000 km or 62,000 miles around the world on his bike so far. He started in Spain, across Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, USA, and headed south now for Central and South America. He did not have any cards with him, but I think he has been blogging or has a website about his journey, I will have to google him and see what shows up. Amazing how many people are out there walking, biking, kayaking, sailing, or going around the world in some crazy way when you look on the web.

Got a nice photo of Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona from Midgley Bridge. Nice colors of the changing cottonwood trees. The bridge had no walking signs on it though. Had to stop my walk there or break the law and walk across. Always gets me mad when I see those no walking signs. I can understand when the bridge is real narrow with no shoulder and lots of fast rush hour traffic. But this bridge had wide shoulders and hardly any traffic.

Only one real big hill I had to climb so far. Most of my walk so far has been on the level or slightly downhill. Started in Clarkdale at 8 am at the base and climbed up to Jerome, a neat little old mining village on the side of a hill. Up through sharp steep switchbacks to the pass near Mingus Mountain after 13 miles and 8 hours of walking. Had to switch from shorts and t-shirt to long pants and jacket as I crested the top and hit a cold wind and the temp dropped about 30 degrees. Nice long downhill all the way to Prescott Valley. Saw a nice Gypsy Wagon parked in a driveway just as you come into Jerome. I met a couple Gypsy's in Ireland with wagons and big working horses to pull them. Been meaning to build a smaller 3 wheel gypsy wagon one of these days.

Taking a week off walking to spend Thanksgiving with some friends at Rocky Point Mexico. Be back walking next week headed south for Phoenix and Tucson. Email me with any questions or comments about my walk by clicking on reply or from my Facebook page. I always enjoy hearing from anybody interested in my walk and try to respond as soon as I can.

Keep on Walking, Life is Amazing, Singing Zippity Do Dah All Day Long.

Gary "Walkingman" Hause.

 

Weeks 3-4, Prescott Arizona to Globe Arizona via Phoenix. 11-28-2011 to 12-11-2011, 233 miles, 24271 Total World Walk Miles.

Had a good week off for Thanksgiving down in Puerto Penasco Mexico. Met my girlfriend and her kids in Prescott, and drove down with them to a cool beach resort at the tip of the gulf of California. We took some nice walks on the beach, went swimming in the cold ocean water, played mini golf at the condo course, and had turkey dinner with all the trimmings.

Roadside_display3-4Back on the road walking south from Prescott and down out of the mountains of around 5,000 feet to the desert floor of 2,000 feet. Days are warmer now, 50 to 75 F, and nights 30 to 45 F. Mostly creosote bushes, palo verde trees, sahuaro cactus, and other prickly plants. I can usually hear the coyotes yipping every night. I did have two cold fronts blow through and cool things down a bit, but no snow or rain where I was. One day at 72 F I had to get my sun robe (bed sheet folded in half, hole cut for head, and sleeves sewed up for arms) out to keep cool. I also soak a wash cloth with water and tie it down on top of my hat with a bandana to keep my head cool.

Finding lots of neat stuff on the roadside. My girlfriend came up with the idea of exchanging Christmas presents we found on the roadside this year. So before I left Page we went out and found a bunch of stuff that just needed to be washed and mended in a few places. One stretch of road that just had a bicycle race last week had me finding all kinds of gloves, windbreakers, and other bike misc stuff to give away.

Into Phoenix and all the way across the Valley of the Sun took me 5 days and about 90 miles from Sun City to Apache Junction. Phoenix is right in the middle of about 30 or 40 other cities, but most people just refer to the whole mess as Phoenix or the valley. Stopped to visit a nice couple in Mesa that I used to work with up at Lake Powell. Always nice to visit friends and have a home cooked meal, hot shower, warm bed, and get to do laundry. Got to meet the kids and grandmother again too. Almost had warm homemade chocolate chip cookies too, but we forgot about them and they got burned pretty badly. Had one the next morning dunked in my coffee that was not too bad. Always great when someone invites me into their home and I get all the simple things that I miss on the road.

Gas station at Florence Junction was closed down. Had hopped to fill up my water bottles there, but luckily some road workers had some extra water that they were able to fill me up with. One guy had a gallon of water that was half ice from his freezer. Pretty much everybody in the southwest carries with them (or should), extra water, sleeping bag, tent, shovel, food, emergency medical kit, portable CB, and other misc stuff. I am always amazed when I hear about people stuck in the wilderness with nothing. They try and call 911 on their cell phone, but get no signal, and usually do not know where they are if they get the police. News of the Weird website has a category they call thinning of the herd about stupid things some people do.

Cook_Gear3-4Stopped in Superior to find a wi-fi signal for my iPad. Nice man gave me directions and invited me into his yard to meet his dog Carson and have a cold drink. Always nice to hear some of the local stories from somebody who lives there. The mining boom and bust cycle here is hard on these small towns. Copper was down to 86 cents a pound back 20 years ago, and now up to $4 a pound. So lots of mines are reopening and hiring people. Lots of health problems from all the chemicals and smoke the mining companies put out though. Houses are real cheap in some of these towns, but you have to pay cash or get owner financing as the banks do not like old houses with all kinds of superfund waste site possibilities looming.

Up a steep switchback road to "Top of the World" Arizona. I remember climbing this road on a bicycle tour 25 years ago. Rain at the bottom, sleet half way up, and snowing when I reached the top. I really felt like I had reached the top of the world, and the descent down into Globe was worse with an icy road and brakes not working very well wet. This time I had a nice sunny day, but a killer headwind of about 20 mph. Superior is 2843 feet high, then 8 miles up to the top at 4600 feet, then down to 3524 feet in 10 miles to Miami-Globe area. Stopped at the local Top of the World trading post and had a 50 cent cup of coffee inside by a wood stove with two men playing dominoes.

Bicycle tourist Jakob stopped to chat and ask some questions about the road ahead. He was low on money ($80 left) and I told him about seasonal work at National Parks, ski resorts, and other places that you can find on www.coolworks.com . Some have employee housing and food, so you can save most of what you earn. As long as you do not spend it on alcohol, smokes, drugs and other vices like a lot of the young kids I work with. I also told him about a great hot springs just outside Holtville California, I think it is right by exit 118 on Interstate 8. Lots of retired people camp there all winter long for $100 for 6 months to the BLM for the campground. Just a basic no hookups campground with a couple dumpsters, rest room, and a killer hot springs. Natural hot pool surrounded by palm trees, piped into a cement hot pool with a shower pipe you can sit under. I usually soak for 2 or 3 hours every time I stop. Last time I was there all the retired people were complaining that the BLM had just raised the 6 month camping permit from $50 to $100. Thats a real cheap place to stay. Jakob later emailed me that he had a great soak at the hot springs, but later got one of his panniers stolen at McDonalds by this crazy as a loon bicycle tourist he met. I like my Runabout Stroller setup better than a bike because I can padlock most of my stuff in my footlocker and lock up the stroller with a steel u-bolt lock.

Gypsy_Wagon3-4Stopped at one Circle K mini mart for a coffee refill in Miami. Shirley the clerk was taking a break outside and started asking me questions about my world walk. She offered to treat me to a free coffee refill and directed me to the restroom. Often when I pull up to a mini mart or gas station for a coffee refill in my thermos cup the clerk says it’s on the house. I usually ask as I go in how much refills are, sometimes it is posted, and sometimes not. Once I had to pay $2.50 for a cup in California, which is a little expensive if you ask me. I have a jar of instant coffee with me and I usually make a hot cup of instant coffee in the morning in my tent for about 5 cents. So it feels kind of strange to pay $3 to $5 for a cup of coffee at some of those fancy coffee shops. Mostly I stop at McDonalds for their $1 coffee. Lately I have been asking for the senior discount, which makes it only 75 cents. Got my AARP card (American Association of Retired People) when I turned 50, so I figured I might as well use it, although they never ask. I guess I have been traveling thriftily for 32 years now biking and walking, so its hard to break the habit of always watching how much I spend. It’s always amazing when I hear people complaining about the cost of everything and how they are having a hard time surviving on what they make. I eat on about $5 a day, camp out free every night, get free water at gas station or McDonalds sinks, and enjoy all the free sights that nature provides. My main entertainment is paperback books I buy at thrift stores for 25 cents usually. I really have got to try and get my book published this next summer. My title will be "How to Quit Your Job and Walk or Bicycle the World on $5 a Day. I just finished this great book "The Butterfly and the Diving Bell" by this French paraplegic. After a stroke the only muscle he can move in his body is his left eye lid and his neck. So he wrote his book by blinking his eyelid when an aide read a list letters in order of most commonly used. He would think about what he wanted to write all day, get it edited in his head and then blink away for two hours and get maybe 2 or 3 paragraphs written a day. I think it took him a year or two to write a short book by this method. He was a famous magazine editor when he had a stroke so I guess that helped a lot.

One man stopped to chat in Globe and thanked me for what I was doing. He said he had seen me on TV, probably "Arizona Highways with Don Davis", which I was on last year. I should have asked him what he meant. I think some people think it is great that I am walking around the world so simply, writing about it, and kind of showing by example how easy and simple life can be. You really do not need all kinds of material possessions. You can get by on very little money, meet lots of nice people, keep in good shape, and have a smaller impact the earth and its natural resources. Nowadays people use so much water, energy, natural resources, and create so much waste, sewage, pollution, and impact on the earth. There is no way we can keep on sustaining the population of the earth the way the USA and other developed countries are consuming. All the poor countries want our way of life when they see it on TV.

Headed south for Tucson and a bunch of small communities in southern Arizona. Email me with questions or comments by clicking on reply or on my Facebook page. I finally got around to figuring out how to send photos from my smartphone to Facebook and my Yahoo site, so I have included a couple photos I took this last 2 weeks. One of how I cook inside my tent on my tuna can alcohol stove, town of Jerome Arizona on a hillside with mining cart next to my Runabout Stroller, and a Gypsy Wagon I saw in Jerome.

Keep on Walking, Life is Amazing.

Gary "Walkingman" Hause.

 

Weeks 5-6, Globe Arizona to Sonoita Arizona, 12-12-11 t0 1-2-2012, 182 miles, 24,453 Total World Walk Miles, with a week off for a houseboat Christmas up at Lake Powell Arizona.

Adapt-a-cap5-6Two days of cold wet rain (35 to 40 F) slowed me down just past Globe. Worst weather to walk in, actually prefer below 32 F and snowing as you can keep dry and warm. Kept my body warm and dry in my wool and Gore-tex, but fingers and toes eventually get wet and cold. Even with wool socks and wax shoe polish on my leather walking shoes they get soaked after a couple hours of rain. I keep warm if I keep on walking, but once you stop and the blood slows you get cold. So I stop, set up my tent, take off wet clothes, and get in sleeping bag. Fire up the stove and cook some hot dinner of my usual ramen noodles, 2 eggs, teaspoon of oats, half carrot, half onion, and 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Hard to find a good pair of really waterproof gloves, I used to pull my gloves inside my Gore-tex jacket when I had a bigger coat. Hard to keep walking when your hands and feet get cold. Even harder to put on wet and cold socks, shoes, and clothes on a cold morning. It rained all the next day, so I ended up just staying in my tent and reading, napping, darning my wool socks, writing, listening to radio, eating, sewing up a few rips, and other misc. stuff. I can imagine how hard it is to stay in a tent for a week or two when you get hit by a blizzard climbing up in Alaska or in the Himalayas. Luckily the sun came out the next morning and I warmed up fast and dried out my clothes as I walked uphill to El Capitan Pass at 4983 feet elevation. Snow level was just a couple miles past my camping spot, so if I just had walked a couple more miles I could have camped in slightly colder but snow instead of rain. Laid out my tent, sleeping bag, and other misc. stuff to dry in the sun when I got to the picnic/view area at the top. Nice view of all the snow covered hills in the surrounding area.

One morning the police came by to check on my fire. It was going to be a cold night, so I usually collect firewood and set up a fire for the morning. After I cook and eat my breakfast in my tent while I am still in my sleeping bag, then I get up and start the fire outside. Nice to sit by the fire, watch the sun rise, and break camp slowly as I warm up. Police said no problem, just make sure the fire is out good. I always douse with water, then smoother with dirt, then sprinkle leaves on it to make sure I leave no trace behind.

Into Tucson where I left my Runabout Stroller with some friends and took the bus up to Page Arizona for a Houseboat Christmas on Lake Powell. If you work the whole season at Lake Powell Resorts for Aramark you get a free houseboat rental for one week, you just have to pay $24 a day for insurance. Had a nice Christmas with my girlfriend and her family. Took a swim in the cold lake (50 F) off the slide.

Stopped at the Pima Air and Space Museum southeast of Tucson. I parked my stroller in front of the entrance and was asked by the staff what I was up to. When I told them about my world walk they gave me free admission, as long as I wrote about it on my website. Neat place, over 3000 aircraft, and related air force and private stuff on display. I liked the Wright brothers replica aircraft, smallest prop and jet planes, hang glider, one man helicopter, huge Super Guppy cargo plane, B-52 Strato-Fortress, and various vintage biplanes and homebuilts. Its called the boneyards as thousands of planes are parked here in the really dry desert where they can still be used later for parts and history of aviation.

Lake_Powell_Swim5-6Hotter days (70 to 78 F) as I got into the lower desert (1000 to 2000 feet above sea level). Taking lots of shade breaks whenever I see a decent sized bush or tree. I lay out my foam pad in the shade and take a siesta with a wet washcloth over my face and head. Usually a couple cars stop to check and see if I am okay. I usually just give them the okay sign with my thumb and tell them I am just taking a nap. Wearing my sun robe almost every day and laying a wet washcloth over my "adapt-a-cap". I have to tie it down with a bandana or a big semi going by will blow it right off. Lots of people say I look pretty funny or weird(my girlfriend and her kids), in my getup, but its the best way to stay cool and avoid sunstroke. I still remember the day back in Texas in 1996 on my first walk when I found a bed sheet on the roadside. That day I got sunstroke from having my arms and legs exposed. That night I had a headache and was dehydrated, so I took some aspirin and drank lots of water. Felt okay in the morning, but I cut a hole for my head and sewed up the sides to wear as a sun robe ever since. Had a friend sew up a nicer sheet when I got back to Page later. It looks similar to what most desert people wear in the Middle East.

Lots of people stopping to chat and ask questions. They always seem to want to give me something to help me on my walk and kind of be part of it. I usually give them one of my B-cards with my website address on so they can check out my writings. These two weeks I have been given lots of water, a warm breakfast burrito, 2 corn dogs and 2 burritos, dinner plate of ham, potato, Brussel sprouts, and bread. Always nice to get some unexpected food as I eat pretty much the same thing everyday. Once in a while I find some nice roadkill to eat. Now when I say roadkill I actually mean packaged food that has fallen out of a car or truck. Candy, donuts, soda, water, potato chips, and other stuff. As long as it is unopened and looks good I usually chow down. Most prepackaged food has so many preservatives in them that they will last for 5 to 10 years or more on the shelf. I read about one teacher that has a Twinkie on top of his chalk board that is like 20 or 30 years old and still looks good to eat. I never have been hungry enough to eat any roadkill yet, but they do have some good cookbooks on how to prepare roadkill. It is best if you keep a roll of aluminum foil in your car, as you can field strip an animal, wrap a nice cut in foil, place it on your engine, and set a timer for 2 to 4 hours depending on how thick a cut of meat it is. Always nice if you have some potatoes, carrots, onions, and seasoning to throw in with the meat to make it a complete meal. Closest I came to eating real roadkill was in Australia when I encountered a live hurt Kangaroo on the roadside. A couple road workers had just witnessed it being hit by a car 5 minutes earlier. After one guy helped me remove a tick off my back he grabbed an axe and put it out of its misery. It had its back broken and was thrashing around in the ditch. I asked if he was planning on taking it home for dinner, but he said it was probably all bruised up from being hit. Plus most wild Kangaroos are all filled with parasites, and mostly skin and bones. Almost all Kangaroo meat you eat is farm raised, fed good feed, wormed, and treated with antibiotics. But he said I was welcome to it if I wanted it. I had just finished lunch, plus it was pretty hot out with all kinds of flies around. So I choose not to field strip it there, maybe next time I see a dead Kangaroo. The local Aborigines having been hunting and eating Kangaroos for 30,000 to 40,000 years.

Passing through lots of small towns in southeast Arizona now. They usually have maybe one or two gas station/mini-marts. Usually they have some chairs out front on the porch, or a table inside with a bunch of chairs around it. Always nice to sit down with some locals , drink coffee and hear some local stories. Mostly ranchers, hunters, bikers, or world walkers. Nice when they have a hot wood stove to warm up by.

Headed southeast for Tombstone, Douglas, Road Forks New Mexico, Benson, and back to Tucson. Going to take another break to go up to Page Arizona for a friends wedding. Then probably walk south for Mexico through Nogales. Email me by clicking on reply, from my website at www.walkingman.org , or from my Facebook page.

Keep on Walking, Life is Amazing.

Gary "Walkingman" Hause.

 

Weeks 7-8, Sonoita Arizona to Wilcox Arizona, 1-3-2012 to 2-16-12, 196 miles, 24,649 Total World Walk Miles.

Walking in the mountains and high desert of southeast Arizona now, 3,000 to 5,000 feet in elevation. Colder nights (28F to 40F), and warm days (50F to 75F). Small towns spaced 20 to 30 miles apart with maybe one or two gas station/stores, post office, RV park, and a few boarded up business's. Mining, ranching, and growing cotton, hay, beans, corn are the main livelihood. Lots of tourism with ghost towns, old west towns, artists towns, and lots of retirement RV campgrounds. Nice quiet peaceful walking country. I can always find a spot in the desert to camp with some dead wood nearby to use for a fire in the morning. Underground water aquifers are being depleted by the big cities, farmers, ranchers, and climate change. About 12 years now of below normal rainfall in the southwest. A 50 year drought back in the late 1200's drove the Anazazi Indians out of the Mesa Verde area in southwest Colorado where I worked for 5 summers. Before the white man moved into Arizona in the 1800's and started building dams and diverting water there were lots of free flowing rivers. Now only the Colorado River flows year round and even that dries up before it reaches Mexico and is supposed to flow into the Gulf of California. Some states like Colorado even made it illegal to gather the water off your own roof for personal use. You can actually set up a system to collect, store, and treat enough water for a family in almost all areas. Australia has quite a few companies that build and sell water collection systems.

Found two smartphones on the side of the road this week. Charged them up and they both worked after 2 months and 8 months outside. Left messages for the owners and one guy got back to me in an hour and drove up to pick up his Samsung Galaxy smartphone. The other guy had moved to another state, upgraded to a new I-Phone, and said I could keep it. Lots of recent headbanger music on it that I do not like, so I will have to load it with some of my classic rock music and see about getting it unlocked and set up with a different cell phone service provider.

As I was going through the Fort Huachula Army base area I ran into a runner. I could tell right away he was a marathon runner from Kenya. Thin, compact, track suit, not an ounce of fat on him. Joseph Chielee said he was trying out for the USA Olympic Marathon team next week up at Colorado Springs for the London 2012 summer Olympic Games. He's in the army now and has his USA citizenship, but originally from Kenya. I will have to check and see how he did in the trials. I think he wanted to walk around the world with me some day. A lot of people say that, but I usually tell them it's best to plan their own adventure. Feel free to email me and ask questions about how to do it, but I prefer walking alone at my own pace and do what I want to do. Hard when you have somebody else with you that goes a different pace or wants to do different stuff than you. I traveled with a girlfriend once and she kept buying stuff and I had to carry it in my pack as hers was stuffed full.

Into Tombstone, an old west tourist town where I sat and talked to Jim Pierce at his Apache ATV rental place and had a cup of coffee. Jim gave me his card and told me to call if I ran into any trouble around this area. People always want to help me on my walk with food, water, advice, money, and good wishes. One lady stopped to chat and asked if I needed anything. I told her I had a sore throat and was out of sore throat lozenge’s. Sure enough she had a bag she could give me. Usually if I need something I just look on the side of the road till I find it or get it from somebody that stops to talk to me. Or I buy it in a store at the next town I come to. One bicycle tourist stopped to chat and offered me a loaf of bread, but I had plenty of food with me, and bread is a little too squishy to carry in my stroller. Dan Howard had an old mountain bike loaded with way to much stuff. He had two extra rims, two extra tires, two white 5 gallon buckets for panniers, huge load of misc. stuff piled high on his front and back rack. He said he kept on finding stuff on the road side and kept it till he could give it away to some one. I usually just leave stuff I find that I do not need at a gas station or on a picnic table at a rest stop. His bike looked really top heavy and hard to control. You tend to get a lot of flats and broken spokes when you are overloaded. My three wheel Runabout Stroller can carry lots of extra weight and sits real nice and low on three wheels.

Tombstone is a nice old western tourist town with lots of horse drawn wagons giving tours around the main streets past old saloons, general stores, the OK Corral, and other old west touristy stuff. Lots of locals are dressed in old west clothes with guns ready for their re-enacted shootout at the OK Corral between the Earp Brothers and the Clanton Gang. I talked to one Busker (entertainer playing for tips) with hand bones, banjo, and all dressed up top hat and fancy clothes. Johnny Bones gave me $5 out of his tips hat to help me on my world walk. Kind of funny as usually you are supposed to tip the buskers, not have them tip you. But I guess just seeing me and hearing about my world walk entertains people.

Bisbee was the next big tourist town I passed through. Big copper mine at one end of town that looked closed down for now. Lots of the copper mines have been bought up by a few huge multinational corporations. Some they close down and others they reopen and put lots of new money into depending on the price and supply of the different minerals. Lots of art galleries, B and B's, coffee houses, gift shops, museums, and other tourist stuff to see. One couple stopped that owned a B and B and offered me a free stay. So I had a nice hot shower, warm bed, and home cooked meal. They had two huge cottonwood trees at the entrance to "The Gardens" B and B. They must have been 150 to 200 year old trees.

Stopped one day to take a short siesta on the roadside. Pulled over into a gravel pullout and laid down my foam pad and sleeping bag by the fence. Hard to get a rest as about 6 cop cars pulled over to check and see if I was okay. They said they kept getting 911 calls about a man lying on the roadside. Two Bisbee cop cars, one county sheriff, two highway patrol cars, one border patrol car, and one ambulance stopped. I guess from now on I will have to take my siestas hidden behind some bushes or trees so I can remain unbothered.

While I was at a gas station in Sunsites Arizona I heard some strange snorting coming from the back of a pickup truck. The owners said they found two baby Javalina's (wild pig like rodents) by a dead mother. They still had their umbilical cords attached, so probably just a day or two old. Fairly used to people, as they came right up to my hand as I crouched down and offered them some of my coffee in a small bottle cap. They ended up giving them away in a cardboard box to another local to take home. Not a good idea to make a pet out of a wild animal, in 6 months those cute babies will be tearing up, biting, and chewing everything in sight. Better to just let nature take its course.

Lots of Sandhill Cranes flying overhead in a V formation. They have a preserve near Wilcox Arizona where they either stay the winter or stop to rest on their migration. Jim Frasier stopped to chat with me as I was breaking camp near the San Pedro River Preserve. Old guy in a cowboy hat with his pickup truck and a platform for his mobility scooter. Said he still walked 1200 steps out and back to his mailbox everyday to try and keep his body working. He said he heads into Tombstone everyday for breakfast at his favorite local cafe. As I was walking down the main street of Douglas two local girls stopped me to ask about my world walk. June and Aaliyah were passing out ad flyers to local business's. I took their picture and posted it on my Facebook page for them.

While I was sitting outside a store in McNeal drinking coffee on their bench I heard someone inside say "there is a smelly biker outside, make him leave". Not sure if he was joking or serious. I keep pretty clean by taking a washcloth bath with soap at least once or twice a day in a rest room. My clothes sometimes go a week or two before I run them through the washing machine though. I had just talked to that bicyclist about an hour earlier, so he might have sat at the same bench as me a while back and I was confused with him. I think he smelled a little more then me, but its hard to tell when you are on the road camping how good or bad you smell. You nose tends to block out your own smell after a couple days and you just smell new stuff. Always nice when I can take a hot shower and launder my clothes.

I was planning on walking a little bit more, but felt like I have walked enough for this trip. I walked about 900 miles in 8 weeks on this trip. I had a great time and met a lot of nice people. Saw an old Dodge Caravan that I liked as I was walking out of Wilcox that I could pick up cheap.

So I packed up my Runabout Stroller and drove back up to Page Arizona to take it easy for 2 months till I start work at Lake Powell.

Email me with questions about my world walk by clicking on reply, from my website at www.walkingman.org , or at my Facebook page. I have included two photos, one of the view inside my tent from my sleeping bag looking at my Contico footlocker with my tuna can stove, cooking pot and various water bottles, rubbing alcohol fuel, olive oil, sugar, hanging socks, and other misc. The duck tape on the mosquito netting is from when the flames from my stove melted the netting. Usually just when I got a gust of wind from outside the tent. I moved the stove a little further forward and to one side so it does not happen any more. The other photo is of 8 kids in a special order “Runabout Stroller" built by Roger Berg in Aloha Oregon. Strongest baby strollers made. Available at www.bergdesign.net. I used their one seater model for 10 years, and then they gave me the bigger, stronger 2 seater model. Roger makes any size for special orders like this 8 seater.

Keep on Walking, Life is Amazing.

Gary "Walkingman" Hause.

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