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Black Mountain - Cave CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2020
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Hiking2.28 Miles 1,209 AEG
Hiking2.28 Miles   2 Hrs   6 Mns   1.34 mph
1,209 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
 
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Check! Been on the list for awhile, the mountain and Kelly Monday; Kelly put it there so she dragged me up the mountain. Greg offered to as well but I let him off the hook since it's Kelly Monday. We met at the TH around 7:15AM. Sadly, I did my Joe interpretation and started with less than 5 hours sleep due to those stupid restless legs I get about once a month, sheesh!

It was a little warm already so I was sweating almost from the start. I was glad I decided to bring my poles as those let me use my arms instead of all legs. We had bits of shade off and on and every once in awhile a short breeze. There are a couple little false clearings that I got to stop to re-gather my legs and breath.

As we made our way up and down everyone GRACIOUSLY offered greetings. Kelly and I were quite impressed. I also acquired an additional cheerleader who cheered me as she went up and down. Finally made it to the top (the middle third is the hardest) and sat for awhile to soak it all in and catch up with each other on various things.... I can't talk that much on the way up as sucking air is more important :lol: . Anyway, we agreed the views really are sensational; even with the slightly smazy sky.

I did discover that my new Microlite bottle works too well as it kept my ice cubes whole and didn't melt so I was down to nearly no water. Kelly had extra so she gave me some of hers for the way down. I usually use a plastic bottle so the cubes slowly melt generating sufficient water.

The trip down takes a bit too as you have to hold on to the hillside with your feet and legs. We had the option of another hike or breakfast... well with Kelly along, you know which one she picked, ha! We asked one of the people coming up what was a good place for breakfast and we picked the Grotto but we ended up driving by it and ended up at Harold's. We ate outside and the food was quite good except the cantaloupe. And then I couldn't get my phone to quit playing Spotify so I had to uninstall from my phone and watch to make the music stop playing. I think I'll have to go to Plan B for music on my watch.

Anyway, thx for the hike and breakfast Kelly. A great way to start off this new stage in my life and I look forward to future Monday hiking ventures every once on awhile. I blew by my target steps today and got a Congratulations from my watch at noon :)

The watch said: 2.09 miles in 2:07:29 with avg speed .9 and 134 bpm (max 166) with most of that in max Zone 5. I burned 888 calories (2181 feet to 3399 feet) at 69.8 degrees, 20% humidity at 9:25AM. The only thing that concerns me is it's taking long for my heart rate to come back down; it was in the 90s around 11:30 and finally down to 88 now at 12:30 (normally rests in mid 70s)
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