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Yesterday I spent half the day at Alan Bible Visitor Center. Charging stuff. Was going to eat lunch but didnt want to pull out the knife to cut pepperoni with all the tourists around.

Read in the sun. Stared off into space. Filled out postcards but never got around to sewing on those velcro patches to keep mt fleece in place over my sleeping bag.

While I was gone my tent tried to fly away in the wind. At least two people had to rescue it. The park ranger said it blew across the road right in front of him, and he had to put it back with a rock on it to hold it down. But there was no rock when I got back to the tent. Instead it was staked into the ground in a different place than when I left and the rain fly was off and tucked under the tent, with a small hole in it.

How I didn’t lose a single tent stake is beyond me. Or the sleeping bag, bivy, sleeping pad and umbrella inside. Or the whole tent for that matter. Winds were pretty strong all day.

All ight was cold. The coldest it has been, well, except maybe on Frenchman Mountain. So in the morning I packed and decided to make a run for Searchlight. Or Laughlin perhaps.

Mailed my postcards, hit Jack in the Box for cheap tacos (too crispy on the edges) and followed the powerlines out of town. Towards 95, but it was a long quiet walk down the dirt road for miles before I got to 95. I actually enjoyed it.

Then, coming up to 95 I decided to take the legs off my pants. Shorts looked less threatening somehow. I crossed 95 and stuck out my thumb. Less than 4 minutes later a car turned around from the northbound lane over to the breakdown lane from where I was hitchhiking. Too early for hime to have seen me and turned around I thought, so I was cautious as I approached the car.

But he did turn around when he saw me he said. His name was Chris, he was Filipino, and he was returning to Arizona after being stuck in Las Vegas from being sick. Too bad I’d already said I was going to Searchlight, he could have brought me straight through to Laughlin since he lives in Bullhead City.

No AC in the car, and the windows are shut. Locked in with patint zero.

We chat. The usual on my end. He drives up to Las Vegas twice a week to attend Church of Christ services. A Filipino version. Something about a big dome church in the Phillipenes, but I miss it over the sound of his cough. By the time he has warmed up enough to try and set me up with a nice Filipino girl to marry we are in Searchlight.

He drops me off in front of the McDonald’s, which is also a gas station and casino, and smoke pours out from under his hood.

“I have to get that looked at,” he says.

And just like that I’m in Searchlight. Took me longer to walk from the campground to the Visitors center than it did to get the 40 miles to Searchlight.

In my tent halfway between Searchlight and Cottonwood Cove just 20 yards or so off the side of the road hidden by a couple of creosote bushes. Or so I hope. I didn’t put the bright blue rainfly on to keep it discrete. Going to have to figure out how to dye that thing if I’m going to continue using the tent.

Already almost too dark to write. No wind here and it’s a lot warmer than I thought it was going to be. Probably leave the rainfly off all night if there’s no wind.

It’s so quiet out here.

And there’s no cell signal.

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