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The run started out innocently enough with three miles of slightly hilly roads that are part of a few of my other routes. I then reached the dirt road at the base of the hill near Little Ossipee Lake and the climb began. I figured it was probably another mile to the top (insert annoying wrong answer buzzer here). A mile into climbing relentlessly up the hill I knew I wasn't even close. Sections were so steep, especially closer to the top, that I was actually forced to walk (gasp!). I loved it though, it was just what I was looking for. So, instead of a mile of buttkicking uphills at the base of the mountain, I got 2.5 miles. Definitely got my money's worth.
I reached the top where I can imagine the views would normally be quite awesome, but alas, it was very foggy this morning and visibility was limited to only about a few hundred feet at best. Still, at the summit was a fire tower, and two radio antennae towers which were neat to see up close. I know one of them hosts a repeater for a local HAM radio group, and another for Hollis Fire and Rescue. The others, I'm not sure. The fire tower was pretty cool also. I climbed about halfway up it, but it gave me the willies so I climbed down. Funny how I can sit on the edge of a 2000' cliff and let my legs dangle off, eat my lunch and not think twice about it, but climbing man-made structures still wigs me out.
Run back down was of course a treat, and I reached the roads again and jaunted home, hitting my last mile split in under seven minutes. Very glad to have done this run and can't believe I haven't done it before. Very scenic route that provides a great workout. Really enjoyed it.
Ran 11.0 miles @ 8:09/mile pace.
AHR/MHR - 150/171
Paved roads, dirt roads, jeep roads, trails.
Lower 60s, overcast, foggy.