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Team: South
Jan Nesset
Tuesday, August 13
A Delightful, Light Day
If it weren’t for my watch I’d have no idea what day it is. Here the days are measured only by the task of the day and not their relationship to a weekend or holiday.
Today, however, resembled a holiday. Rather than hard trail miles we enjoyed 60-some easy miles riding ATV’s (All Terrain Vehicles) on Forest Service roads. Some cross-country hiking was required to avoid private land but all but the last of those three hikes was easy - pleasant, actually.
We negotiated no steep arroyos or cliffs. Our last hike had a half hour of steep ascent but the reward on top of this flat-top mountain was a herd of elk ghosting through the trees. We also encountered some wild irises, purple in color, which were dazzling.
ATV riding is an easy ride. The Honda Rubicon’s are nearly effortless to operate - hitting up and down buttons shifts the gears - and are forgiving even on rough terrain thanks to four fat tires and a comfortable seat.
All but a mile near the end of our riding day was on well-maintained Forest Service roads. My challenge was to read the GPS unit and a map while traveling at 25 to 30 miles per hour. Twice I missed turnoffs but we never traveled more than a quarter mile before I realized my mistake. Our team of five riders didn’t seem to mind. Why would they?
For the first time in days our journey was not a trial of endurance or strength. It was nearly brainless. The countryside of mature pine forest and green meadows was stunning, a scene we held into Arizona.
Yep, we crossed into Arizona from New Mexico. Entering from New Mexico a sign read “Arizona state line.” Looking back from the Arizona side a sign read “Entering New Mexico.” Uninspired maybe, but exciting to us. Our journey nears its quarter mark.
There’s a bonus to accomplishing what we did today: we earned a day off. We set out with extra gas and water in addition to our overnight camping gear. The 60-some-mile trip was scheduled as a two-day trip but on these roads, traveling at 25 to 30 miles per hour, the math showed a completion time of one day. The unknown was the condition of the road. From experience we knew overnight gear could turn out to be a good idea. But the roads were Grade A.
Other than a Mexican Wolf program the next day at 7 p.m., tomorrow, the entire day, is ours.

for Tuesday, August 13
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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Thursday, September 19
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Wednesday, September 18
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Friday, September 13
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Thursday, September 12
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Wednesday, September 11
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Tuesday, September 10
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Saturday, September 7
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Friday, September 6
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Thursday, September 5
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Wednesday, September 4
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Tuesday, September 3
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Monday, September 2
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Back On Top
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Sunday, September 1
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Saturday, August 31
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Friday, August 30
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Thursday, August 29
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Wednesday, August 28
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Tuesday, August 27
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Monday, August 26
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Sunday, August 25
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A Story In Everything
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Saturday, August 24
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Fire In The Whole
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Friday, August 23
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"Good Morning, Flagstaff!"
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Thursday, August 22
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Wednesday, August 21
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Tuesday, August 20
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Wheels Asunder
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Monday, August 19
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Sunday, August 18
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Saturday, August 17
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Friday, August 16
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Thursday, August 15
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Wednesday, August 14
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A Day Off, Sort Of
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Tuesday, August 13
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Monday, August 12
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Sunday, August 11
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Saturday, August 10
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My Aching Back In The Saddle
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Friday, August 9
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Thursday, August 8
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Wednesday, August 7
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Shut My Mouth!
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Tuesday, August 6
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Monday, August 5
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Sunday, August 4
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Saturday, August 3
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Friday, August 2
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Wednesday, July 31
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