We arrived Friday in the late afternoon, and Jim D. and Shauna D. arrived a few hours later. The rest of the gang would show up the next day. That night though, a rude awakening by a young couple who claimed we were in their campsite (park's mistake) left us all a bit irritated. I didn't wake up as refreshed as I could have, but got in a great run all the same.
The trek Saturday morning consisted of running up Cadillac Mountain from the Blackwoods Campground, then down the west trail (steep and slow), around to the northern tip of Eagle Lake, then taking the carriage roads back towards Jordan Pond. Along the way, saw a mink and two snowshoe rabbits (coats now brown).
Fifteen something miles into the run, I stopped to consult the map and eat some Powerbar chews. Perfect timing, as bounding down the carriage trail was Mindy and Shauna! They were on their way back and I joined them. Good thing to, as I would have went the wrong way.
Park Loop road made the most sense for our return. It was closed to cars thanks to the morons in Congress, but it was obvious the dozens (hundreds?) of cyclists we saw were quite pleased not to have to worry about vehicles.
Ran 20.3 miles @ 10:23/mile pace.
Technical trails, carriage roads and a few miles of paved roads.
Upper 40s to lower 50s, sunny.
Saucony Kinvara TR, shorts, short sleeved shirt, cap, Moeben arm warmers, Nathan double water belt.
Sunday, we checked out and headed over to Eagle Lake for a group run around the loop. Then breakfast at Two Cats before heading home. Fine birthday weekend!
Ran 6.0 miles @ 9:29/mile pace.
Lower 60s, sunny.
Saucony Kinvara TR, shorts, short sleeved shirt.
|Short walk from the campsite reveals this.|
|Some fun before the Eagle Lake run.|
|Kate and our Shangra-La tent.|
|Birthday cake for Pete and I, and a photo bomb.|