Ok, now onto this week. I got a new pair of shoes and was itching to get out for runs, but still trying to save the knee. So I took it comfortably hard and short for the week. The new shoes were performing well and my knee was feeling better each run. This was getting me excited for the Seven Sister Summit Run (SSSR) coming up this weekend.
So, I decided to head down to Asheville a day early and hang out with Adam Hill (MadA) and his family. We were able to squeeze in a short run around Buzzbee Mtn between board games, soccer, and ice cream. Needless to say, it was a pretty good afternoon before SSSR. Always thankful to the Hill's for putting me up in their home when I head down Asheville way.
|View from Lookout Mtn|
|View from Walker's Knob|
|View from Greybeard Mtn|
|View from Rattlesnake Mtn on Big Piney Trail|
Since the day was still young after the relatively short SSSR, I decided to tour around the Asheville area and then check out a section of parkway previously unexplored from Asheville to Mt. Mitchell State Park. I pulled over to take a quick trip up Craggy Pinnacle before heading to the start of the Big Butt trail. The goal was to run to Big Butt and catch the sunset and the "supermoon" rise at dawn, but I forgot my headlamp and it was a bit to cloudy to catch a glimpse of the sun or moon. So, I had to head back in enough time to get me back to my car no less than 10 minutes after sunset so I could see where I was going. This means I missed summiting Big Butt, but I did make it to Little Butt and captured this beautiful pic of the Blacks.
|View of the Black Mtns from Little Butt|
I took the parkway all the way back to Boone (it is actually the quickest that way) and was able to catch glimpses of the supermoon once the clouds cleared out. It was a great way to end a great day.