No Cross, But Hiking

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Yesterday I went out and did a less than 10 mile hike. I’m not nearly as crippled as I thought I’d be after doing that.

Cyclists are very good a walking, hiking, running uphill, but worse than horrible when having to go down. The problem of hiking in the mountains is that, what goes up, must come down. That was the case with me yesterday. I felt pretty stellar going up, but by the time I got back, actually about a mile before getting down, my legs started feeling like jelly. I made it, though.

I like walking in the mountains. I’m up in Idyllwild, CA, in the mountains above Palm Springs, CA. The temperatures were hot, upper 80’s. I though it felt great, but for around here, it is hot I guess.

I didn’t bring a bike, so today, this morning, is another day of hiking. That is what I want to do, so it is perfect. I’m not sure how I’m going to hold up today though. I doubt it will be as good as yesterday, but I assume it is good training for cross. At least it gets my legs into some sort of mode for dismounting.

Pretty beautiful views.

Dogs are always nice to have along hiking.

Don and Sue heading over a downed pine tree.

There are some really big trees still here in the mountains. Don and his dog, Kaya.

Hanging out up high 1/2 way through the hike.

These Manzanita shrubs are beautiful.

We stopped on the way back to see these petroglyphs on a huge boulder in the town of Idyllwild.

The sunset was pretty great out here yesterday.

6 thoughts on “No Cross, But Hiking

  1. channel_zero

    It’s really dry up there, so bring/drink extra water. Take a few more days off too. Idylwild is the perfect place to do it. You are close to Julian if you are itching to travel.

  2. not frozen in WI

    I always enjoy living vicariously – thanks. Your mighty close, any chance we get a Floyd sighting?

  3. tilford97 Post author

    I’ve been keeping an eye out for Floyd, but no luck yet. I don’t have his number, I used to. He might be harder to track down now, than last time I did it.

  4. Jim Cossitt

    I made the switch in 98-99 when I moved to NW Montana – still ride some, but mostly hike, scramble, mountaineering and back country skiing. All off the roads, away from the noise, fumes and assholes in cars. But the downhills are hard on the knees and joints – esp. with ice climbing gear in the pack.

    Hope you are well, say hi to Trudi. Do you ever talk with Michael ?

    Cheers, Jim


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