I passed the 500 mile mark first thing this morning. Animal played the Proclaimers’ song for the occasion. We are about to walk a lot more than 500 more though.

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One of my water sources today was strange. A large piece of metal roof is held up by posts and slightly slanted so that rain water it catches flows into a gutter, which funnels the water into a pipe, which leads to a tank underneath. You can crawl under the roof, take the lid off the tank, and reach down for water if the level is high enough.

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The trail started to get hot and exposed again as I lost elevation today. I’m back down to 3000′, which is pretty hot. I actually expected to end up lower for the hot section coming up but it’s plenty hot still this high up.

I did 19.1 miles into Hikertown, a very unusual hostel. It looks like a small, old town movie set, with little buildings labeled City Hall, Schoolhouse, Gun Shop, etc. Each of the little buildings is a bunkroom or a private room for hikers to sleep in.

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I took a very cold shower, although I was happy to have it, and then got placed in the garage / lounge with some other girls. We had a few more hikers join us by the end of the night so it was a late night.

Written by Siren

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Kelly Lockman

That was how most of the wildlife water resources were set up in AZ on Kofa. A metal roof that sometimes caught the water but also shaded watering holes for the animals. That hostel looks fun!

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Mark

They call those “trick tanks” and are often used to collect water for wildlife. Sometimes they are just a thick tarp on the round that drains rain/snow water into a tank.

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