|Alex and Ean - they made this trip happen|
|Brian 29, Mindy, Celeste, Ean, Alex, me, and Mary at the end of our epic run|
Mindy, Celeste, Alex, Ean, Mary, Brian 29, and my family all met at the Kenosh Pass campground (between Fairplay and Bailey) on Monday afternoon. We heard stories from Celeste and Mindy's big bike rides the weekend prior, took a walk down the start of Segment 5 of the Colorado Trail, and shared dinner in a low key relaxing evening. Tuesday morning we woke as the sun was just peeking over the horizon and had a trail runner's breakfast of coffee and poptarts. By 6:30 AM we were starting down Segment 6 of the CT.
|Beautiful mountains 5 Minutes into the run. This does not suck.|
|There were wildflowers everywhere|
Segment 6 of the CT runs from Kenosha pass, 10,000 ft, up over Georgia Pass (and the Continental Divide) at 11,800 ft, and then down to 9200 ft. It is about 33 miles long with about 4500 ft of vertical gain. It's also beautiful. Within 5 minutes we were witness to wide open vistas with huge mountains looming on the horizon. Other times we saw meadows full of wildflowers. We ran through lush forests you would have thought belonged in the Northwest, and we ran across open tundra at treeline on the Divide. Did I mention the flowers, they were everywhere. Alex told us it was a scenic segment and we were not disappointed.
|Mt. Guyot in the distance|
|The trail down off Georgia Pass and down into Breckenridge (which can be seen just to the right of the top of that post)|
|Wildflowers on the way down into Breckenridge|
|Mary, Celeste, and Me. Photo by Mindy|
And then we met up with Mindy and Ean and the energy level went up 3 notches for the last 10 miles. I'll tell you what, no matter how bad you feel (and for awhile I felt downright bad), you cannot help but smile when your running partners are skipping down the trail singing at the top of their lungs (♫♪ Running on-running on empty, Running on-running blind ♪♫). And smile I did, even when feeling the worst I am smiling in all the pictures. That has to be some sort of metric indicating a good run.
Me having fun - photo by Mary
|Nearly done and all smiles! Photo from Celeste|