Picture #2 is of my finishers medal from today’s MN Half Marathon in St. Paul. Given my training I’m quite happy with my run. I’m very pleased with how it went based on my race plan. Go out slow and finish faster! I ran with Team World Vision raising money to help provide clean water in the Congo. It isn’t too late for you to help!
Over Memorial Day weekend I went on a 2 night backpacking adventure along the Superior Hiking Trail. I was going solo which meant that I could hike at my own pace, take lots of pictures if I wanted to, stop and linger or push through. I had a lot of fun. I talked with a dude from the Superior Hiking Trail Association at the Outdoor Adventure Expo to get some ideas and he suggested that I hike from Castle Danger to Beaver Bay – 30 miles. That seemed reasonable enough.
I was planning to do a bike shuttle – drop my car or bike at one end and drive/ride to the other and hike through. I compared elevation, etc and chose to drop my bike off at the Castle Danger trail-head and drive to the Beaver Bay trailhead. The elevation change looked pretty equal, but the first several miles from the trail-head were on the road until it connected to the Gitchi-Gammi Bike Trail. So it seemed like a good idea to ride that fresh! As I was planning I had this nagging feeling that 30 miles might seem too short for 2 nights…
Saturday morning I got up early, finished packing, loaded the bike and hit the road. I stopped at Tobies for an excellent cinnamon roll and drove the Castle Danger trail-head. There was no place to lock my bike in the parking lot, but I found a road sign across the street that would work. I decided to take my front tire off and used my u-lock through both tires and the frame onto the street sign. I left the water bottle full on the rack and headed out. I made it to the Beaver Bay trail-head loaded up and hit the trail by 10am.
I was hiking from North to South and the trail guide is written in the opposite direction. This didn’t really create any trouble, but it was important to remember as I stopped to look at it and read the descriptions. I also needed to remember to stop and look in 360 degrees throughout so I didn’t miss any epic views! I accidentally left my hiking pole in the car and didn’t realize it until 1/2 mile or so in. I probably should have gone back for it, but oh well!
I hiked for quite a while before I saw anyone and then saw several people before lunch at the Beaver Bay campsite. This was also the first chance I had to try out my new UV water filter. It seemed to work well as I didn’t get sick!! It was a lot faster than either a hand pump or iodine tablets and didn’t taste nasty like iodine does!! Throughout the hike I did reflect on how relatively easy it was for me to use this $70 device to drink water any time I wanted and how hard it is for some people around the world to access safe water. It made me very grateful for all those who have supported my fundraising efforts for clean water in the Congo and served as a great reminder that I need to keep up the work of raising $50 to provide clean water access for life. You can do that here.
I recently published my thoughts about the Almanzo 100 experience. Below are some pictures from throughout the day!
Of course we should start with the data from Strava:
Loading the car:
Final gear decisions – temps were in 40’s when we left the house:
My race number:
Spring Valley as the start nears:
First couple of stops in the first 40 miles:
Mile 50 aka Halfway!
Resting at Historic Forestville (about 65miles):
Banjo Brothers Rest Stop:
Water Crossing (81 miles)
One of a few guys who attempted to ride. We didn’t see anyone complete it successfully.
Not sure where this was:
Climbing Mt. Oriole (91) A few did successfully ride up:
Thanks Todd for the couple of non-selfies of me!!
Don’t forget that you can support my efforts to provide clean water in the Congo by visiting my Team World Vision fundraising page.