Brrr, it was a nippy morning! Just a bit of a breeze, but cold and in the low 30s. We were excited to have our first real town day and zero just 13mi away and got going at 6:30am. We soon separated when Katherine took a pit stop to find water just off trail at a spring. I was good with water and headed on through Poison Spring Canyon. It was a great canyon that wound with mostly packed dirt road for good walking.
I hit the road at 10:45am…13mi before 11am, yep I was motivated! We had heard that although it’s a major highway, the hitch could take hours to get, so I was prepared to wait…four minutes later the first car drove by…and picked me up! Thanks to day hikers Eric and Laura who went out of their way to drop me in Hanksville! Hanksville is pretty much a one mile strip (if that) with quite the tiny community. There are two hotels, three gas stations, a burger place, a steakhouse place, a post office, and a grocery store. Since it is Easter weekend, we seem to have lucked out and everything is unusually stocked in town. Check out this cool gas station that is in the rock!
We are staying at the Hanksville Inn tonight since we came in a day early and the nicer hotel, the Whispering Sands was booked. We have reservations there tomorrow and will probably move over there to keep out commitment and the internet is better. The owner of the Hanksville Inn has gone out of his way to make us feel welcome and we wish the wifi was better so we could stay cause he’s been such a great host! Thanks to Ed for being so awesome!
So the bummer about Hanksville is that phones don’t work here, gasp! Apparently, if we drive 50mi and get a Verizon signal and then come here, it might work…and supposedly AT&T works. Sprint doesn’t. The other bummer, which is common on the Hayduke, is that the wifi is suuuppper sloooww. I went to every hotel and business and got the scoop that one of the gas stations had the best wifi. Thanks to the owner, I got to camp out at a booth for the second half of the day and get the blogs posted I had stored up. Tomorrow, I’ll probably be here most of the day too. I’ve even kept a tab of things I bought to make it worth their while. Whew, close one as I almost couldn’t post. Tomorrow I attack the two weeks of emails that piled up. I’m ready for my ZERO!!!!