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Overton - Go John Loop, AZ
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Overton - Go John Loop, AZ 
Overton - Go John Loop, AZ
Hiking6.84 Miles 968 AEG
Hiking6.84 Miles   2 Hrs   36 Mns   2.77 mph
968 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
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Not my best work. Put on the new shoes (Merrell Moab 2); seemed okay but a tad loose in the heals but I like them otherwise.

Started from Go John TH and headed up the Clay Mine Trail. It really is a pretty trail with the occasional saguaros lining it. I saw 5 people at the intersection with Clay and Overton; obviously tourists. Like all the other trails, they seem longer than I remember ](*,) . It was warm as I made my way north on the Overton where I would encounter two hikers and four horseback riders. That would be the last sign of humans until I started up the south side of Go John. The bottom stretch of this is longer than I thot and the switchback was shorter than I thought.

I rested on the bench at the top of Overton. I was struggling a little today even though I had made good time up to this point. And now to head down Go John with a side glance at the saddle thinking I could just go have a beer, but I kept hiking on my planned route. It seemed it took quite a while to get down to the bottom where I once again sat on the bench. It's nice to do this as it forces you to look around at your surroundings.

This north part of the Go John trail was tough for me and it was a rough part of the trail as it's quite beat up and very rocky in places. I sure didn't enjoy it and I was sweating a lot for some reason. I could feel myself dragging but kept putting one foot in front of the other in spite of the crappy trail. I get spoiled on my city hikes with nice trails for the most part. A little ways before getting to the east side hill I heard coyotes but they didn't bellow very long. This is the second hike in a row I've heard coyotes.

The hill has taken a bit of a beating but not as bad as going down the other side. I did better on the hill than I thot I would but the last 1/4 was a bit of a challenge. I was not having the best hiking day. As I made my way down, this section proved to be longer than I remembered too :lol: . Plus the trail was not in the best shape. Once I got down to where you cross the gully the trail was better for sure as you wrap around the rest of the east side.... which, yes, was longer than I remember.

I was glad to finally hit the south side of Go John and head slowly up the very long hill; but it's a nice grade; not steep at all. After I passed the intersection of Quartz I saw two hikers and while I was sitting on the bench toward the top of Go John (where all the little quartz rocks are), three bikers went by. I finally got to the part of the trail I enjoy which is all those curves as you start down. I did hear coyotes for a moment again too. This side of the trail seems to be in much better condition.

From time to time there was a sweet scent of some sort of flora but I couldn't tell exactly what. There was also the occasional lizard scampering around as well. On the north side I tried my best to avoid looking at the burn areas and was successful for the most part. As I got near the trailhead I encountered my second trail ride for the day. There were seven horses on this one. And then another trail ride came shortly thereafter.

WATCH: 1:50-4:27PM, 6.69 miles, 2226-2657 elevation. 137 avg bpm/166 max. 48% Zone 5 max, 39% Zone 4 Anaerobic, 13% Zone 3 aerobic burning 1108 calories. Starting temp 72.8 sunny and 25% humidity.
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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