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Team: South
Jan Nesset
Friday, August 2
GPS-Marriage Made In Heaven
Kevin Burtnett, our fun-loving National Geographic videographer, was visited in the night by a centipede. His groin has swollen where the centipede landed a bite. Vipul, our doctor, dutifully tends to Kevin and assures us that he will be fine.
Our team planned for a 7 a.m. departure but the enthusiasm is racing and many of the team are awake and rarin' to go at 5 a.m. Kay Gandy, apparently bleary-eyed with sleep, missread her watch and was up and ready at 3 a.m. She tries for mini-naps while others get ready but she's easily distracted. She's going to have a sleepy day. We've learned that early-to-bed, early-to-rise is incompatible here. Early to bed means missing out on camp get-togethers, journal writing and important news and info regarding the next day's plan. Early to rise, well, that's a rule.
My first task of the day was filling five-gallon water jugs. We go through a lot of water in the soaring New Mexico heat. Hiking, bicycling, even four-wheel riding and driving sucks quickly the moisture in our bodies. Sunscreen is another priority which saves our skin from burns and that not-so-healthy leather look.
But now I'm stealing some time from the morning for this journal, for our fans and support across the country.
Isolated as we are it seems as if we could be all alone, but we know better.

Accompanying our fleet of six vehicles and three trailers is an ever-changing team of techies. They're volunteers who show up with whitewater kayaks and climbing gear for fun and a load of GPS and satellite communication expertise and gadgetry for fun and games. These teams are great but they change shifts so quickly it's hard to keep track of their names. Weatherby, Tom and Tim stayed up late last night to debug some troubles in the systems. As a result, we are now able to track our route using Global Positioning System (GPS). In addition to compass and map, the GPS allows us to pinpoint our location to within 15 feet. That's extremely helpful, a veritable marriage made in heaven, especially on days such as today where our route took us over miles of flat open ground.
Topo lines and features are strong navigational tools but when they're missing it's nice to have the GPS to put us in our place on the map.
Satellite navigation is one thing and satellite communication is another. We hope to have our satellite phones ready for reliable use soon.
Our hike took us north of Nutt Mountain across a vast tract of BLM land. Although humid from the night's rain, constant cloud cover made for nice, pleasant temperatures. Good humor followed the trek team its entire distance today, broken only by spells to marvel a prairie rattlesnake and a black-and-orange Ground Snake. "Ground Snake" is a name not befitting such a brilliantly colored snake. Who can I see about that?"
We ended our leg at the earliest hour to date (2 p.m.), which gave us some down time -- or so we thought.
Our camp is in the ghost town of Lake Valley where 130 years ago it had its heyday and boasted a population of nearly 4,000 people.
Several people, mostly from the BLM and a local horseman association, hosted a great dinner for the team. We've also been granted a stay -- maybe two -- here in the historic schoolhouse.
Such nice people are these folks, full of good humor and stories. We learned the difference between horse and "hoss" tonight. In short, "hoss" is a respectable working horse and friend but certainly nothing to pamper.
I'm eating moths in ones and twos as I write by lantern. Nutty with a powdery texture.
for Friday, August 2
North South Both




Biographical
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Team: South
Jan Nesset
An experienced outdoorsman, Jan Nesset knows that everyone has to pitch in at camp
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