|South towards the nameless hills beyond|
|Windy trail and diffused light, a very good combination|
|Descending from the water tank, south profile of Atalaya|
Alright, well in an effort to keep the running low key I've been sticking to the flat footpaths and arroyos around Casa de Dirt. On Wednesday impatience got the best of me and I drove up to St. Johns for a run up near the hills in the mostly flat arroyo they've got up there, I call it East Hills Arroyo because I don't know its real name. I guess it could be St. John's arroyo, or water tank arroyo. It doesn't really matter but it's an awesome arroyo for running and I was happy to be back up there after several months away. Sometimes I park behind the museums to add a few miles but generally you just park there at the St. John's trailhead. The trail winds down to the arroyo and then southeast through the hills.
|Traffic signal - I don't usually trust crows but made an exception here|
|The willows demand speed! damnit. They must be appeased|
The arroyo narrows some more and will eventually kick you out to the left (east) on some footpaths that will drop back down into the Barbaria Rd drainage. There's a little climbing here but I lie a little to myself and determine that it's flat. It's a nice change from the sandy footing of the arroyo, and the views ahead open up a little. If you stay to your right you cross through a nice bike trail that as far as I can tell goes nowhere except up behind some ridge homes and up to a water tank. There's got to be a link up from there to some other trails but I haven't found it just yet, in any case it's a good turn around point (~3mi) and there are great views of the Rio Grande Valley to take in before heading back.
|Familiar silhouettes at sunset|
|The valley below|
To sum up - trails are great and they're even better if you're running on them. Slow and easy is the plan so I can keep from moving backward. Feeling old and broken is not something I'm ready for just yet.
Related Post: Barbaria Trail Loop - 18mi trail linkup (Jan '11)
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