10.24: We awake on Elliot's porch weary from rainy late nights spent on the road. The travel is not yet over, but Uwharrie and I get an hour run in along the Jones Gap trail. The slippery rocks slow progress, I re-injure my weak left ankle. It's nicely swollen for the drive to High Point. U-dog is hanging for a month with Elliot and Katie, thanks guys!
10.25: I'm packed and ready for the trip to California and Oregon. My folks join me for a trip to Umstead park before my flight departs from RDU. The familiar forest and rain softened trails fill me with memories and dreams. My pace surges through the 1.5 hour one-lap workout. While in the terminal awaiting my cross-country flight, I enjoy Anton Krupicka's Leadville report in the latest UR mag.
10.26: I'm liking the mild climate of the San Francisco Bay. Just north of Becky and Andy's Santa Clara home is Alviso park with its soft salt levees stretching far out and away from the hustle and bustle and into the marshes. I run out for an hour to watch the sunset and then hurry back. We enjoy Ethiopian for dinner, an excellent day!
10.27: Today is my big sis's 30th b-day bash. I squeeze in a short 30 minute run around the SCU campus before the all-too-hearty party. We enjoy African tales from neighbors Adam and Erin.
10.28: Andy, Becky and I head out to Ed R. Levin park for the day. I run the Calera Creek and Aqua Caliente trails up up up 2000 ft. to Monument Peak. The sun beats down, I soak in the panoramic views of the valley and foothills. The first half of the run is all uphill, but now I have four miles straight down. Bombs away!10.29: Tonight I'm hopping the Coastal Starlight to Eugene. The plan is to visit for a week with my good friends Scott and Mike. This is gonna be a marathon 16+ hour train ride. So Beck and I hit up one more trip to the salt marshes to stretch out the legs for 8.5 miles before departure. Speaking of marathons, let's put one together out at Alviso. Yes! I've had a fantastic time in the bay area. Thanks guys!!!