On a side note, I had convinced him when he joined me, that since I wasn't shaving, he shouldn't either. It was looking pretty gruff and about 100% man but he decided he couldn't take it anymore. So we should all hold a moment of silence for his beard since it died today in the sink of an RV park.
Ok! Onto the day's activities! Today, I climbed. Pretty much from the start until about mile 18 then went down for a mile or two then went right back up. Then went down into the town of Miami and straight on through to the town of Globe. I topped out at 4600' and ended the day around 3400' I think. The 3400 could be wrong but I came down a bit there at the end.
It was a tough day but after the 33 miles I feel great. It was so pretty going through the canyons and over some mountains, the miles, hours and towns just zipped on by. I was so distracted by the scenery that at one point I realized I was running up a really steep part of a climb and about two and a half hours had passed.
Then there was the tunnel! I came to this tunnel that my grandpa wanted to drive me through! I said no thank you. I need to run through it. Otherwise, at the end, I would have run the entire country except for about a half mile tunnel. So I ran as fast as I could and my grandpa drove behind me with his hazard lights on. The thing I didn't take into account is that I was sprinting half a mile up hill. My lungs felt that one afterward!
All in all, good day!