He's back at it!

People who know me know that I belong on the Trail. I've thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail (twice),the Pacific Crest Trail and the mighty Continental Divide Trail. I've hiked many of the long trails here in Michigan including being the first to hike both the Ironwood Trail and the Great Lake To Lake Trail. In 2017, I hiked the Israel National Trail and the Golan Heights Trail. My next goal is to be the first person ever to hike the Baja Divide Trail.

The purpose of this blog is to keep anyone who is interested informed of my progress and to encourage those who are able to support me in this endeavor.

Friday, April 27, 2018

The BDT: The Home Stretch

Blood? Check. Sweat? Check. Tears? Check. 

I’m giving everything I’ve got to complete this trail and I’m getting close:  I can almost see the finish line but I need a little help to get there. If you’re feeling generous and you want to see me finish this insane journey, please click on that ‘Donate’ button. Note: If you’re reading this on your phone, please scroll down to the botttom of the page and click on ‘View Web Version’. The yellow donate button will be on the upper right. Thank you!

And now, more pics from the trail!

(The pic above, BTW, was just a superficial scratch I received from not being careful around cactus. It barely hurt and healed quickly.)

Made it to Mulegé. Very cool little town. 

The locals seem fascinated by my cart. 

I include this picture because that’s what most of this part of the trail is: rolling brown hills and cactus. Lots and lots of cactus. 

Typical hot sauces available at a Mexican restaurant. See your favorite? Message me below. 

I love when vultures do this. So dramatic!

South end of the Bahia de Conception. Really beautiful beaches. 

Call me gringo, guero or chico blanco. Just don’t call me late for dinner!

Camping on this trail has been a joy. Most every night is dry and quiet with temps in the 50’s. Occasionally, I get stuck having to listen to loud trucks or barking dogs but most often, it’s just the sound of the wind and a few crickets. It’s usually very easy to find a private, flat, sandy spot. Pretty much wherever I am at around 6pm, I just walk 50 yards off the trail and I can find a great campsite. 

And the obligatory sunset shot. 


Roberta McCoy said...

I am enjoying every adventure and the photos are so cool. Looking forward to seeing you soon and hearing all the details.... miss you and can't wait to see you.

Christopher Hillier said...

Thanks for all the help and positive vibes, Roberta. Couldn’t finish this hike without you.

drcowboy said...

Glad to see what you have been experiencing and the people along the way. All your friends here at Lombardi’s miss you and are keeping you in our prayers. Blessings my friend, Preacher

Suzanne Hollyer said...

Does your brightly colored tent ever give you away when you are stealth camping?

Anonymous said...

great having you here
el coyote

Christopher Hillier said...

Hey, Preacher! So good to hear from you! Thank you for the prayers - I need them! Take care of Heather and the boys and please say “Hi!” to all my friends back at Lombardi’s for me. I’ll stop in the minute I get back!

Christopher Hillier said...

Hey, Susie - Not yet but I’ve cut it close a few times. The rain fly is a nice olive drab but the tent itself is pretty bright. Makes it even more of a challenge!

Christopher Hillier said...

Thanks, Coyote! You know I appreciate the comment!

Lynda Fraser said...

Good luck Chris you are going Great!!!

Christopher Hillier said...

Thanks, Lynda! You know I appreciate the comment!

Ashley Wilson said...

Hi Christopher,
It is very interesting to know you have twice done AT, then PCT and Continental Divide Trail. By seeing the first picture, I thought of any animal attack. Be careful , some cactus may be poisonous. Thank God it healed quickly as you have written.
Happy to know the trail has been a joy. Of course, the pics are very cool. It seems to be a dry trail. Be careful.

Christopher Hillier said...

I will be careful, thanks. And thank you for leaving a comment! Much appreciated.

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