Late this morning, I decided to run a different trail – Arroyo Trabuco Trail. It runs for many miles, through several cities, beneath the streets (sorta). I parked in Las Flores, in a strip mall lot and ran along the streets to one of the many entrances down to Arroyo Trabuco Trail.
First off, I came to this sign because about a mile away, a road crew was clearing away brush along the road. Ah . . . I don’t think so! I am so tired of things closed for my own safety! I made the risky calculation and took my life into my own hands and ran along this sidewalk to the cement trail that travels down beneath Oso Parkway.
I ran through lots of shade, through plenty of creeks. The trail was as I recalled. I remembered fun times along this trail. I remembered hard times along this trail (though the elevation gain isn’t tough). And I remembered crying along this trail (when I ran the Las Flores Marathon and thought that I couldn’t take it anymore – but I took it and finished intact).
In all I ran an out-and-back totalling 11.22 miles. I saw very few people, around 5 or 6 cyclists. And I was tricked by the ole’ “Y” intersection once again! Running out (into the “V” of the “Y”), I didn’t notice another trail coming into mine. But on the back portion, as I ran up the base of “Y”, I suddenly realized that I didn’t know which arm I came from. I studied the land a bit, and decided on taking the right arm. Pretty quickly the trail seemed wrong. The creek crossings seemed suspiciously different. I didn’t cross them as easily as I did on my way in. The trail overall was muddier too. Then, before I was absolutely certain that I took the wrong trail, but was pretty sure I did, I turned back. Turns out, that was a good move. Soon enough I was back on the right track, adding one mile to my overall out-and-back mileage.
A great day to begin my training for Twin Peaks 2014.