November 12, 2018, Prescott-
I gave my knees a mild reality check, this afternoon, going to the Centennial Trail, on the northwest side of town and hiking a small section that I had not previously explored. It was light, by my usual standards, but gave me the workout I needed, to confirm that I can handle more intensive fare.
Here are some scenes of that sector-and of the other end of the trail, now undergoing sewer pipe replacements, for the homes which abut the trail.
I would have gone up the usual north side of the trail, had it not been for the work being done.
The road I had to use was Westridge, a street about 1.5 miles west southwest of this access point. It was fine, as the trailhead led to the one area of Centennial that I had never hiked. The 1.5 mile loop that I ended up taking was good, both time-wise and in terms of workout. I now know my knees are back to normal, and can gradually build up to that which I am accustomed.
This is a private section of the boulder preserve. I stayed on the right side of the warning sign.
The trail sticks to the side of Westridge, for about 500 yards, before veering off into the Boulder Preserve.
We have a penchant for naming things after what they replace. My hope, having seen well-planned homes place in the wilderness, is that this will not be a mindless, chock-a-block intrusion on a special place.
Here, I rejoined more familiar parts of the Centennial, and continued on through the public section of the Preserve, for another .75 mile.
I look forward to returning to the north side of the trail, once the sewer pipes are completed, sometime in the Spring.