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March Spends Easter on the Trail

March 30, 1986

AFTON, Calif. (AP) _ About 340 participants in the reconstituted Great Peace March for nuclear disarmament spent Easter Sunday on the trail in the Mojave Desert.

The marchers were about halfway between Barstow and Baker, which is 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles, said California Highway Patrol dispatcher Marylou Padilla.

They planned to stop for the night near Afton, which consists of a gas station and snack bar, she said.

Last week’s hot desert temperatures cooled to highs in the 70s on Saturday and Sunday, the National Weather Service reported.

The planned nine-month crusade hopes to reach Washington, D.C., 3,235 miles away, to demonstrate against atomic weapons. The more immediate goal is the 125 miles to Las Vegas.

The march began in Los Angeles on March 1 but stalled for two weeks in Barstow after funds ran out, its founding organization folded and much of its equipment was repossessed. When the march resumed, the number of participants had dropped from 1,200 to 340.

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