A pair of three-day weekends, one expected (MLK Day) and one unexpected (Friday’s school closing) punctuated these past two weeks. Although not yet 100%, I’m happy to say that my knee allowed me to get out and take advantage of the extra days off from work.
Click for a panorama from Pilot Mountain.
First was an enjoyable family outing to the summit of Pilot Mountain followed by an abbreviated Plutonathon run last weekend with Brandon. Uwharrie and I braved the ice on our local Bracken Mtn. trails this Friday before riding out east Saturday morning for the delayed start of the 5th annual Sultan 50K.
This out-and-back traverse of the South Mountains is a deceptively good workout. It also boasts some incredible scenery, especially this year with the snow and expansive panoramas overlooking valleys blanketed in low morning clouds. But it’s always the smiles from family and friends that marks this run as a highlight for the year. Happy birthday, Sultan.
Click for a panorama from Sultan 50K.
Speaking of birthdays, I plan to purchase a copy of the AT Guide for myself as a b-day gift, but the question is: which version? In other words, I've recently been rethinking the direction in which to hike the Appalachian Trail this summer. Weighing the pros/cons, I came up with this:
+Less driving to start
+Earlier start date
+Less bugs in ME?
+Conditioned for ME?
-At the mercy of Pamola?
-Tired by Maine?
-Tired by Maine?
+Finish hard stuff first
-More driving to start
-More bugs in ME?
So, NOBO is currently winning out, but I’m open to feedback in case there’s something I (probably) missed. Whether SOBO or NOBO, here are some stats of planning to date:
*Total number of resupply points along trail: 18
*Average time between resupply points: 3.3 days
*Average distance between resupply points: 121.5 miles
*Total off-trail distance to/from all 18 resupply points: 6.2 miles