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I got up again at sunrise, broke camp, and went to the Salt Creek road, which I was going to hike, although it's actually a 4x4 only road.

The road could have been done on my bike. There were some sections that were deep sand, with deep ruts - which is challenging, because the bike doesn't have much room to squirm around. Also, there was perhaps 200 yards that went through 6" of water.

I ended up hiking about 8 miles, owing to a wrong turn or two. On the way out it warmed up, and out came the flies. I've never seen anything like it. I had a swarm of about 50 following me. I was lucky to have long pants and a long sleeve shirt - they were trying to bite, I think without all the clothing I would have lost it. Eventually I found taking a plant branch and waving it lazily in front of my face was enough to keep the away from it, so I could almost pretend they weren't there.

Then back to Moab for two nights in a hotel. I wanted a day of rest, and had some work stuff to sort out. I think it may be time to head to higher ground. The heat is pretty limiting. The rangers recommend people stop hiking at 11:00. If I had a nice overhang and a chair I guess I could spend the afternoon reading....but that's not why I came. There is something unnatural about hiking in the heat. It can be done, but it seems a bit crude. Like going to a nice restaurant and putting your feet up and being loud....

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