Sunday, September 23, 2007

The Old Glory Again: The Groundhog Day

- Do you ever have deja vu, Mrs. Lancaster?
- I don't think so, but I can check with the kitchen.
- Excuse me, where is everyone going?
- To Gobbler's Knob. It's Groundhog Day.
- It's still just once a year, right?

I woke up at around the same time today as yesterday, put on the same running clothes and same Asics running shoes still covered with the clay from our yesterday's muddy trail run and pretty soon found myself at the trailhead of the same Madjeska trail we ran yesterday morning. There were few differences though that made me think it is probably not quite the same thing that happened to Phil Connors in the movie: there were just two of us there - Linda and myself, and it was not raining anymore :-)

We reached the Old Glory (again) and then went past it for 2 more miles or so:

The whole place was full of mountain bikers to the extent when it totally felt like being in the middle of a mountain bike race - except they were not wearing any race bibs. On our way back we met over 50 bikers (all going up): some riding alone, others in groups of 5 to 10 people.

In a mile after the Old Glory we saw a cave in the mountain - just a yard off the trail. Linda said she also saw a caveman in it but I did not. I guess I would if I had a mirror with me...

The trail and the mountains around it were so beautiful that at times we could only sigh more of the OCTR fellow runners did not join us this morning :-)

More photos from our run:
The Old Glory Again


stephruns said...

The atmosphere is terrifying - but that's me coming from a rainy part in the world!!! I want my heat back;-)

About that cave - I'm wondering if mountain lions use them; especially during rain - very daring of you to look inside!!!!

Dmitri Chechuy said...

The whole cave was probably only 5 feet deep - if there were a mountain lion sitting in it we would see it from the trail. I was more afraid of stepping on a rattlesnake when I was getting into it :)