The rain is gone! I can get back on the road again. It’s about 18 miles to Pine Valley, I hope I can make it there by the end of the day.
Welcome to Cleveland National Forest. I probably won’t be all the way through this area until Tuesday or Wednesday, it really depends on the weather.
One of the first places I came across after entering the forest is the Indian Reservation. There is a casino and shopping outlet not too far from here, but this is where they have their homes and schools.
I didn’t think I would have any issues because most people see the indian in me. However, about 1/2 way through I started to look for a place to take a short rest and the tribal patrol came by. When I asked him if there was a problem, he said, I was not allowed to be there. When I explained that it was illegal for me to walk on the interstate and didn’t have a choice, he said to just keep walking and don’t stop until I was off the reservation. Needless to say, I will be writing a letter to the tribal council.
Fortunately it wasn’t too much further until I was off the reservation, but now I was looking at a 6 mile hike down a very wet dirt road.
What the sign didn’t tell me about that road is that it is all UP HILL. Oh boy what a hike, with pretty much no place to stop and rest. Every now and then I would find a large rock on the side of the road to sit on for a couple of minutes. When I thought I had made it to the top of the hill I thought you’d like to see the view from above.
Little did I realize that I was no where near the top. I had about 3 miles to go. By the time I made it to the paved road, the temperature had dropped drastically. I was now cold and tired, but laughed as I continued walking. I don’t think the horses here have seen strangers before because they all walked up to the fences to say hello.
There is a little village called Descanso in about 4 more miles, hopefully I can find a place to sit and rest there. I’ve not hiked 12 miles (uphill) without stopping before and my body was starting to feel it.
I made it about another mile and then someone offered me a ride, took me all the way to Pine Valley, said it was expected to snow tonight and put me in a hotel room!
What a pretty little place this is. There is a store, a motel, a gas station and a diner. That is about it.
As soon as I laid down on the bed, I was asleep.
I need to decide what I am doing because its supposed to rain again, but I am hoping I can make a few miles. From here I will be taking old Highway 80.