3/28/18. First day on the trail. Arrived with 24 other hikers. Left southern terminus about 7:45 AM. Got together at two fellow hikers. Quaw, from Montreal Canada and Adam from Wales. Pushed hard all day and did 20 miles, more than I had planned on but doable.
Hiked in mountainous desert all day. Temperature was about 75°. Helicopters flying overhead reminded me that we are near the border.