The trail-head for this hike is only about 3 miles away. It was a gorgeous day so we took our time climbing to the top. Albert and Beth are two of my favorite people to spend time with, so the walk to the top went by very quickly as we chatted away.
|Appalachian Trail sign, 1.4 miles to Pleasant Pond Mountain summit|
|Spruce Grouse...in a spruce tree|
|Albert, Beth, me, Austin, and Bailey at the summit|
|View looking west toward the Bigelows|
The hike down to the truck was pretty quick and uneventful. There is a great view of Pleasant Pond (my swimming pool in the summer) on the way down, but it is through the trees and really hard to translate onto film, so you are going to have to take my word for it. Trust me, it was cool.
When we got back to the truck, we were all hungry. Albert pulled a fresh box of Strawberry Newtons from his truck, and we were so happy about that. Newtons make me think of long bike rides in the summer for some reason, and I usually go any flavor but the fig. Anyway, those babies were good!
I am getting ready to head up to my pain cave and knock out an hour on the trainer, then do 30 minutes of weight training. This week was a recovery week and I am still working in pretty low volume as I am in the build phase of training.
Swim: 2500 yards
Bike - 35 miles
Run - 8 miles
~ 5 hrs 30 min