A hot hike today along the Gila River, winding for 15 miles in and out of washes, up and down over bluffs and ridges.
The heat is wearing. I find it harder to hike 20 miles in the Arizona desert than 25 miles in the Sierras or Rockies, despite a relatively gentle trail.
The valley of the Gila
Went down to the river at Rincon Wash and met up with Nemo and Trek. We quickly stripped down to our skivvies and jumped into the cold silty river. After days of drip springs and cattle troughs, so much water seemed a luxury indeed. Best of all I washed out my shirt, caked with the dirt and sweat of the last 80 miles.