Saturday, September 22, 2012

la vida local

Friday afternoon: the bike ride home from work passes in a blur (30 for 33 days riding to work). My brain is fried from another week of middle school mayhem. Lily arrives and rekindles thoughts of a backpacking getaway. I sluggishly mobilize while she zips to the store on her bike to provision us with calories and frothy beverages. Most any adventure seems possible when you reside along the SAGE…

It’s already evening, but we have our backpacks on and we’re walking from the house, out of town and into Pisgah. A tallboy of Dale’s Deviant gets passed back and forth as we ascend Bracken Mountain. A fire heats our dinner and our bodies before we retire under the tarp and into our library books. Saturday morning: coffee, granola and a little more reading precedes adventures deeper into the forest…

Uwharrie and I scout the inner ring of a future 30-mile challenge dubbed the Plutonathon: start from the house, run to the summits of John, Looking Glass and Cedar Rocks and return to the house. The route promises to pose some challenge, hopefully nothing too harrowing. Slick granite greets us on John Rock as we gaze out across the Davidson River valley to Looking Glass. Soon we’ve left the Fish Hatchery, passed through Picklesimer Fields and up past cascading Grogan Creek…

A little class 3 or 4 scrambling is welcome fun (in these dry conditions) while we explore a backside ascent of Cedar Rock. However, a wrong turn and we’ve hit a literal (class 5) wall. Commando crawling through briars and buck berry to rejoin the summit trail on the other side, we soon reach the Art Loeb and make it back to our cached packs. Lily meets us and we walk back into town enjoying the sunny and breezy weather of the Autumn equinox.

I wonder as we wander if I’ll soon surpass a recent PR: 2 weeks outside of the automobile.








3 comments:

Jon Harrison said...

Absolutely awesome! Inspirational is an understatement, love you guys

Dave Worth said...

Great post Matt!

stan said...

Plutonathon! Love it!