Around 5 p.m., it started to rain! It has rained every day so far in Arizona. It is usually just a quick passing storm. I was just a few short miles from Benson. I didn’t bother to set up a tarp or find shelter. I decided to keep moving.
It was a mistake! The storm followed me. I got soaked, and so did all of my things! It got pretty severe fast. I was cold. I headed down the side of the road, quickly grabbed a few essentials from the buggy, and hid in my tarp beneath a shrub.
It rained hard! It might have even hailed. Lightening struck down, and thunder shook the mountains.
…and then my phone died, and the battery wasn’t even low. I sat with my arms around my legs beneath the tarp. I tried to get my core temperature up.
Time passed. The severity of the storm did too. But the rain still drizzled. I knew I had to keep moving. I couldnt camp along the interstate, and all of my things were soaked.
Long story short, I pushed it and made it to Benson just at sundown. I couldnt take any pictures because my phone was dead, but I saw so many beautiful things!
Yellow skies, rich red earth, and canyons just like the movies. Tombstone was a marathon away. Purple lightening spider webbed the sky.
I transferred the buggy and its contents over a cattle guard to a frontage road. I didn’t have it in me to get downtown. I set up camp beneath a lone tree off road.
It was still raining. I set up the tarp and got to work. I did my best to send billows of air across the hammocks fabric. I was trying to air dry it. I hung clothes and the sleeping bag out to dry. I fell asleep a little cold.
But I woke up in the middle of the night, and the sleeping bag was mostly dry. I crawled inside. I slept ok for the most part!