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Early morning coffee-making at Coyote Springs, Mojave National Preserve ThumbnailsBreaking camp and packing upThumbnailsBreaking camp and packing upThumbnailsBreaking camp and packing upThumbnailsBreaking camp and packing upThumbnailsBreaking camp and packing up

I'm inspired by yesterday's great hike into Bighorn Basin, and the hot morning sun prompts me to get up a little early (9h is early for me) for today's ride to the Butcher Knife Canyon area on the northwest side of the New York Mountains.

A lot of small wasp-like flies buzz around while I make coffee. They seem to like both my shiny stainless-steel pot and the water vapour emanating from it.

Breakfast is two cups of dark coffee, granola, tamari almonds and dried apricots. I'd like to make a bowl of instant miso soup, but I'm almost out of water.