CDT Day 114. Thursday, Oct. 2. Goat Tank Canyon to the Toaster House. I know I go on and on and on about the sunrises and sunsets in New Mexico, but in all my hiking I can’t recall seeing a more dramatic dusk than the one I saw this morning. The sun, having just begun its morning journey, silhouetted the distant mountains several faint shades of blue and grey. I could get polka-dotted glimpses of the stars as last night’s storm clouds slowly dispersed. And as the clouds weakened the waxing (or waning) gibbous moon behind them became more illuminated. The rising sun transformed the subtle colors to more vibrant hues of oranges, pinks, and reds as they stretched across the horizon and reflected off the clouds. The finale was seeing steam rise for miles in every direction as the now-bright sun evaporate last night’s rain off the shrubbery and grasses. It was a sight to behold to be sure. As the day kicks in I pass the time by greeting the timid cows with inordinate enthusiasm—waiving at them as they run away and ironically asking, “Hey! Where are you going?!?!” I’ve been feeling a little immature lately as exhibited by giving the frightened cows milking hand gesture when we lock eyes. There’s lots of time to kill on trail. I was pleased with myself for hiking the 33 miles to Pie Town by 4 p.m. I stayed at the legendary Toaster House, an old cabin the owner opened up to hikers and cyclists. We had access to laundry and shower, and locals stoked the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry for us. And it was donation-based. Remarkable. If you ever want your faith in humanity restored hike a long trail. You won’t believe the amount of unconditional generosity you’ll receive from strangers. I was the sole CDT representative among 10 GDT cyclists. I was a curiosity to them and spend the evening answering their questions about the thru-hiking experience. Oh, and I had new shoes waiting for me so I hung my old pair with the other retired trail runners hanging on the porch wall. I had left my legacy at the Toaster House. Daily Miles: 32.4. Total Miles: 2,406.2.