Wet, muddy, sloppy, and frequently blocked by fallen trees, the trails had not been repaired since the thunderstorms of last weekend and the rainstorms this week. I spent a lot of time, several minutes, just climbing past the deadfalls and tiptoeing around the sloppy places. It was worth it though: what a wonderfully cool morning, with a perfect breeze and the low humidity that will improve the trails a little every day if the weather holds. The old shoes that I use for trails have already been through the wash and will be dry in a few hours.
|Two fawns. Mom must be close by.|
5.5 miles in 1:07:44, for a pace of 12:19. I'm surprised it was that good, considering the obstacles. I did a 30/20 run/walk where I could. The right knee with PFS mumbled out a couple of little warnings, but those went away.
I asked at the park office if I could be of help with my lil' ol' chainsaw, but there are liability issues and I have to talk to "Mike" on a weekday. I could do a lot to open those trails in just a few hours of my time. I'll call Mike tomorrow.