I ascend General Hitchcock Highway but take a short break at the 9 mile point where the "7 Cataracts" parking area is. Great views as always but I noticed this long dead, grey tree so took a pic of that instead.
I paused at mile 14 at the "Windy Point Vista" parking area then resumed the plodding effort. I long ago concluded this climb is not a good fit for me. I know what you're thinking, "Is there any climb that is a good fit?" Well no but I do have respectable times going up the 12 mile Kitt Peak climb where I can sustain a decent effort for the duration. This beast though.....not good.
I pass the Palisades gift shop and know I am closing and finally at about mile 21, reach where the road bends down. The road drops about 1.5 miles, climbs about the same and then rolls to Summerhaven but no point visiting since the restaurant is closed, the general store so resupply is uncertain. Coast down and finish with 47 miles, 5500' of climbing and so the next day I.....
….went golfing. Golf courses too have changed, no removing the flagstick from the holes, rakes for smoothing the sand have been removed so if you enter a sand trap you are expected to foot smooth the sand, etc... Played with a couple of guys who like to play fast, as do I so we got around 9 holes in an hour. The course, "Rolling Hills" is kind of a dog track but it was good to play. Had 2 birdies!!!