September 29, 2013
Today I felt surprisingly good for the most part and the miles went by fairly quickly while listening to audiobooks. Part of the road walk into town went right past a New Mexico State Prison.
Once getting to town Huck and I went to a grocery store to get some snacks and then called the Mumms, Hugo and Carole. While at the store we had an interesting conversation with a guy named Eli, who at first seemed normal, but as his stories were told it became clear that he was not. He is apparently a reincarnation of the prophet Elijah who was sent to save the world. Great news! Also, as of Thursday the universe began to shrink rather than expand. He told us to check out his website, which isn't up yet but will be in the next week or so. Ok Eli.
After that strange encounter we walked over to the Mumms to say hi. They provide water caches at various places along the trail, as well as shuttle hikers around the town of Grants. They invited us to stay for dinner of pizza and beer, so of course we stayed and also had the chance to learn about the surrounding area from the Mumms. They are very knowledgable and still get out nearly every weekend to explore somewhere new, finding petroglyphs and ruins of ancient cultures.
My stomach felt pretty good most of the day but my appetite is still a little lacking. Hopefully tomorrow it will be back.