I believe the hacking cough is a reaction to dust and sand blown up my sinuses and down my throat. Everyone seems to get a cough, but mine was bad enough it kept me up last night.
As soon as the stores opened I bought some MusinexDM and saline rinse. I also got a Claritin equivalent just in case. I don’t like walking with medicine, but it’s better than stopping here.
Terrain is supposed to rise and have more vegetation on the way to Silver City. But the water is supposed to be harder to find due to the extreme drought. I’ll probably have to carry 4 liters again instead of the 2 1/2 or less the last few days. That extra few pounds makes a lot more ‘felt’ weight than you would expect.
I’ve got everything ready to put back in the pack. So figure I will study our route, eat, and watch TV for the rest of the day.