Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Mapping Eight Miles
I was going to start with a steep uphill trail, but as I headed up the rubbly trail I spied a large black dog standing alone and staring down at me, no owner in sight. I slowly backed down and took the Mindy Sue trail instead. Not fun to encounter dogs without leashes or owners. The owner eventually met up with the dog as I could hear him cheerfully telling the dog to stop doing whatever it was doing and to Come. By then I was headed toward the rhododendron hell, which was very dark on this gloomy afternoon. A few drops of rain started falling.
I went back past the fields and up the road, completing mile six. I could tell I was going to come out of the Mindy Sue trail at around mile 7, so I added on another loop, the Hemlock trail. By now my toes were seriously screaming and I was back on my street. I trotted on down the street to our house as I passed 7.5 miles, and I shucked off my boots and socks but kept going and finished the last mile barefoot! It felt so great to splash in puddles and walk in the wet grass. Even the asphalt felt better than wearing boots.