Wednesday, March 31, 2010

So Far, A Wet Week...

This has been a pretty wet dreary week.

It rained.  It was cold.  I whined.  I rode my bike on the trainer for 45 minutes.

It rained.  It was cold. I had the blahs, but also had a short run on my schedule, so I slapped on my brand new Road ID and headed out the door. Check it out.
By the way, if you guys don't have one of these, get one, it is a worthy investment.  Thanks KC for your recent great contest that made me decide to get one.

I wasn't really very motivated to run really, but I got out the door and ran my favorite half mile section of trail  that takes me along the Kennebec River, onto the Appalachian Trail (AT), then back to Route 201.  It is one of those runs that I wish went on for 20 miles, but unfortunately only goes about half a mile.  SO I need to run around on Route 201 for a while to log my planned mileage before finishing up with a half mile of bliss, but I always find the time to do it.

From here, AT hikers only have about 140 miles left of their 2,175 mile hike - 100 miles of which are the some of the most remote miles of the entire trail.

It rained. Actually, it poured.  It was cold.

This was a planned workout day off because it was a long work day, which generally is a workout anyway.   I was up at 4:30am and on the road by 5am to meet with some guys to spend the day outside doing some forestry work for the Penobscot Indians.  I won't bore you with the details, but basically we are establishing, measuring, and recording tree measurements in an ongoing 30 year study.

We completed 3 plots today, one of which was in a beaver flowage.  I wish I had a picture for you, but it was pouring rain, the water was up to our knees, and we were looking for a 12" center pin the size of a knitting needle in black mud.  If you don't know what black mud is, well, it is just like what it sounds like.  It is black colored mud located in wet, swampy areas that is usually kind of bottomless. And I tend to drop important stuff in it.  Like cameras.

Home now, 10pm.  Sun is supposed to come out tomorrow! Yeah. 

Time for bed for me. Night all!


Big Daddy Diesel said...

Thats a gorgeous view on that trail.

Caratunk Girl said...

Yeah, I love it! I wish there were 20 miles like this...the AT climbs considerably heading north after this section, and crosses the river heading south.

ShirleyPerly said...

Pretty trail!! If it weren't for my darn weak ankles I'd love to run on trails. And glad to hear you've got a Road ID too, esp. since you are alone a lot for work.

Thanks for the comment on my race report!

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