Monday, October 18, 2010
Arrived in Phoenix and ran/hiked up Squaw Peak to loosen up after the flight. Wife showing how white the rocks were and how blue the sky was.
Hiked around Courthouse Rock in Sedona.
And climbed a nearby rock with TTO/wife.
Right calf painful to touch and kicking myself for rock climb possibly jeopardizing Canyon run but had dinner at El Tovar at the Grand Canyon and the excellent meal calmed my worries. Restaurant is just off the South Rim and we were able to get a table for 7 at 6:00 p.m. on a Saturday because a party did not show up. You can't get a table with no wait anywhere decent at that hour. A good omen!
This is the view from the South Rim. You can barely see the North Rim but you can see it and I always say if I can see a place, I can run to it.
We set 3 rules for the run: No whining, no racing, and nobody gets left behind.
We started on the South Kaibab Trail at 5:00 a.m. and about 2 hours later, I was looking at a tunnel and bridge across the Colorado River.
Here is a view along the way to the North:
I'll post more pictures in another Blog. The trip was about 46 miles and we figure we ran half and hiked half. Expected it to take 16 hours but it took 18. Having no moon was an issue as the trail at the start and finish was hard to see and when you shined your lights past the edge there was nothing there but potential death. And TTO insisted that we take our time and enjoy it.
Over the last 8 miles we took it easy figuring there were no time goals and we did not want to crash after having gone so far without either of us falling. Plus I was saving a bit of energy to finish like this:
And at 35 degrees at the finish, I was wearing a jacket!