20 miler 5 days ago but the weather was too good to pass up and, frankly, we were in a groove. I was a bit worried about the blister on my heel, but I had run the day before and it survived so we decided to go for it.
|Early morning start|
|On the slide|
|On the summit|
|The next step wasn't a good one|
Once down we filled up water at the first stream crossing and added iodine purifier. The trip out was pretty uneventful except for me falling off a rock on the third crossing and getting a wet foot. We both used our water shoes for the final crossing and the cold water on our feet and legs felt great. From the Franconia Brook trail junction we ran most of the way, walking a few times but keeping up a good pace. The last 2 miles on the Wilderness trail always suck, but knowing there was a cold beer in the car waiting for us helped. The trip took just under 10 hours, surprisingly a few minutes longer than the Bonds traverse but I think a lot of that was the water crossings. Only 5 left for Monica's 48; only 1 left for my 3rd round.