I had a quick work trip come up at the last minute for Phoenix. There are direct flights there from Durango, but this one came on so late my only option was the noon flight, and the 1 PM return the next day. I know Phoenix well and this trip was initially a perfectly executed plan in efficiency. After picking up my care rental, I was at the trailhead in less than 15 minutes - and that included a stop for water at a gas station. South Mountain is so close to the airport!
Since I had nothing else to do I ran until it got dark and I got in a little over 14 miles.
I ran up Javeline, Mormon, National, down Corona, then Desert Classic and some other trails to get back to the start.
This is a semi regular loop here for me as my usual hotel is 5 minutes from the trail head. I've biked it more than I've run it, but running is so much easier here.
Phoenix has a gem of a trail network. When up North I always stay near the Phoenix Mountain Preserve and do the classic Trail 100. Cool stuff for an out of town visitor who just wants routine on trips like this.
I enjoyed the run, but when I got back to the car I received horrible news as a family pet cat had died. It was just so surprising, he died in his sleep - an apparent hearty attack and he was not even 7 years old. A healthy cat and this just came out of nowhere. I played with him right before I left for the airport, got my flight, car rental and this run and boom. Sad news. Merv old buddy you will be missed!