Thursday, October 18, 2007

No Luck with Bizarre Run #1

I planned to do my bizarre run today down near Casa Grande, AZ. As you can see by the photo above, the owners of the property did not want me.

This was as close to my run as I got. It's in the
desert. In the distance you can see a man made
hill. You can't see the target course from the ground. But, if you google earth it, you'll see that I was going to an abandoned open pit mine.

A circular one that has a road to the bottom. 1.97 miles down and the same distance back up. I believe that's rain water at the bottom. My plan was to drive to the edge and ask permission if there was someone there. If not, I planned to start running. I drove on a road to the north and there was no access to the property. Just a sign that said keep out, private cattle ranch. I drove from the east and saw the gate above. I believe there's an entrance on the southwest side and when I have enough time, I will try that way.

I still needed to get my run in for the day. I skipped yesterday because my legs felt tired. Today, I headed down to the heart of Casa Grande, AZ. Now, if you visit Arizona and only have one place to visit, do not pick CG. It's growing and might someday be a great city. Now, it's poor. Very poor. I ran through trailer parks and neighborhoods that are barely standing. Not thinking, I wore my red tech shirt. This morning I ran in a city that just busted a bunch of know gang bangers from the crips and bloods. Don't they shoot you if you're wearing the other gangs colors? Or is that just in the movies?

I passed this neat looking church. Casa Grande had a half dozen churches that I really liked. And that was just in the small area I ran in.

I passed the city hall. It's pretty big and has a nice fountain out front. The cities main park was across the street. I started my run in the parking lot of McDonalds and finished there too. 3.56 miles covered in around 42 minutes. I stopped for some traffic and a few pictures.
Don't worry about the Bizarre Run. I have another ideal up my sleeve. And when I get to run in the pit, I'll let you know.
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J~mom said...

Oohhh now I see why you went down there. The heart of the city is poor but there are tons of developments all around. You silly. I have to figure out my bizarre run. How long do I have?

angie's pink fuzzy said...

hmm, very interesting.

i've held lots of public meetings at the town hall; very pretty!

lifestudent said...

I couldnt imagine running in your area - the life of a runner truly varies based on where they live, doesnt it?

Non-Runner Nancy said...

That does look bizarre and interesting. Very interesting.

I'm thinking the appearance of Cavegirl is probably going to be my most bizarre for the month. There might be others, but they probably won't be quite as bizarre.


Marcy said...

OMG Pat I'm dying!! The mental image of you with a bunch of gang bangers makes me laugh. You should have thrown up a gang sign to see what would happen :P

The One and Only Tigger said...

I got a bizarre run for you to join me on called Rim to Rim to Rim. Only a short 47 miles from start to finish.

Pat said...

I do want to do a rim to rim hike. But, I want to stay overnite down along the Colorado.

Pokey said...

Too funny Pat!

In all my years living here, I can honestly say I've never been in to the town of CG. I've run like a mad woman around the outlet mall there.....does that count? :P

Jeff said...

Pat -- you are the king of bizarre runs. Personally, I like the diagonals through the parking lot, though this one might have beaten that, if not for the keep out signs.