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Training Hikes and Then More Training Hikes

I’ve been out hiking every day for the last month. Well, maybe not every day but I never take more than one day off each week. I now am averaging 30 miles hiked per week. My goal is to gradually work that amount upward as the Camino Portugues nears.
On Sunday, I hiked 9.7 miles in the Saguaro National Monument. I hiked the Cactus Forest Trail from the Broadway Trailhead to about 1/8 mile from the Old Spanish Trail Trailhead and back.

Cactus Forest Trail

Cactus Forest Trail

Crested Saguaro cactus just off trail

Crested Saguaro cactus just off trail

The reason I didn’t make it to Old Spanish Trail was because the trail was a very steep downhill and was all washed out which would have required rock scrambling. Since I was alone and feeling a bit tired, I opted to be safe rather than sorry.
I did come across this arrow scratched into the trail. I see signs of the Camino everywhere I look.

Camino Arrows in Arizona

Camino Arrows in Arizona

Sunday was an absolutely perfect day for hiking, my collection of Road Songs and More Road Songs played on the mp3 player as I walked. The sun was shining but it wasn’t hot; a perfect Tucson, Arizona day to hike. I returned home a very happy gal!
On Monday, I headed to Sabino Canyon with Jocelyn, who is visiting for her usual Winter Mountain Bike Training Camp. Monday was a day for her to be off her bike since she raced Single Speed Arizona on Saturday, so we hiked the tram roadway instead. I clocked in another 8.2 miles – a great hike to start this week’s mileage tally.

View from lower portion of Sabino Canyon

View from lower portion of Sabino Canyon

Off the side of the tram road

Off the side of the tram road

One of the many cautionary signs

One of the many cautionary signs

Sabino Canyon Roadway was build by the WPA in 1936

Sabino Canyon Roadway was build by the WPA in 1936

Ducks in one of the pools alongside the road

Ducks in one of the pools alongside the road

We followed the hike with an iced Red-Eye coffee from a new Coffee shop near Sabino Canyon called Brewd.