I flew into Columbus on Thursday afternoon. I got my rental car and drove to Mohican where I met Chas and Ron for pizza and beer at Trails End. We went back to the campground to get ready for our run the next day and try to get some sleep. I was on west coast time so at 12:30 am I was still laying in bed twiddling my thumbs because it was only 9:30 pm for my internal clock. Not sure what time I actually dozed off but I do know I only had a few hours of sleep at best. We got up and it appeared like it was going to be a cold and rainy day. However the rain only lasted for a little while which turned out to be a bonus since morning temperatures were in the 30s. Loop one we were moving quite well and as usual Big Ass Hill didn't disappoint! It seemed like we made it to covered bridge in no time where we ran into some people and ended up chatting for awhile. Chas had stashed a bag of goodies for us at covered bridge so we were able to fuel up and make sure we had enough water. Then we met up with Sheldon and he did the dam loop with us. This is definitely one of the toughest and most fun sections of the course. Unfortunately we were not able to do the famous root climb part any longer but there is more climbing then before so that was good. We had a great time shooting the shit and trying to figure out where the hell we were supposed to go since the course was not marked yet. Ended up navigating it the correct way as far as we know! We arrived back to the start line at the campground and done with the tough loop and in pretty good time.
|Happy Faces before the climb up Big Ass Hill|
|Oh how glorious the pain is climbing Big Ass Hill!|
|Our make shift aid station at covered Bridge|
Strava Data: https://www.strava.com/activities/2267327715
|Done and ready for beer!|
|Forget the PR Course|