From the Franconia Notch parking area off I-93, made the 9-mile loop (counter-clockwise, ascending the steeper waterfall trail first, running along the ridge, and then descending the Greenleaf / Old Bridle Path trail), including a mile or so along the ridge in the alpine zone to Mt. Lafayette’s 5,249′ summit (2 hours, 58 minutes).
After a nice drive up the mountain, short run/hike along the ridge to the 4,395′ summit (Henry and Dad joining for the first section).
Beginning at 2:45 a.m., paced my brother from mile 50.2 to mile 85.4 during the 2019 Cruel Jewel 100-mile race in the Chattahoochee National Forest of the North Georgia Mountains.
Paced Henry in the Brush Mountain Breakdown 5K, in which he finished 6th overall in 40’40” (after a big pancake breakfast).
Thirty minutes of running back and forth on a strip of grass behind Target in Gainsville, VA, while my family dined at Chick-fil-A, en route to the Delaware coast on the first day of our 2.5-week road trip.
Crewed for my brother as he ran the Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile Run, covering the trails of Massanutten Mountain in Virginia’s George Washington National Forest and Shenandoah Valley.
From my front door, one mile up Brush Mountain Rd. through my neighborhood before turning onto Forest Service Road P188-2 (which become Horse Nettle Trail), down Snake Root Trail to Poverty Creek Trail (passing by where we ended our family hike the day before), around the pond and back up the other side of Horse Nettle to the forest service road and then to Brush Mountain Rd. and home. Saw a bear climbing up a tree off of Snake Root Trail.
Short run in Cloudland Canyon State Park (West Rim Loop Trail and Waterfalls Trail) to break up the drive from Blacksburg to New Orleans.
62 rugged and scenic miles during the Bandera 100K Endurance Run in Texas hill country (13 hours, 32 minutes).
Seventy miles on the rugged Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail during the 70.5-mile Laurel Highlands Ultra Race. Beginning in Ohiopyle, PA, the point-to-point race covers the entire trail, ending in Seward, PA (near Johnstown). With a lingering upper respiratory infection, happy to finish at all (and it took 17 hours and 34 minutes to do so). Saw a porcupine.