After meeting up with a lady and 3 dogs, two cross country skiers (to ski the IAT is a bit crazy), and a couple snowshoe hikers (who agreed having their snowshoes on was pointless with the trail in this condition), I reached the Greenbush Ski area, complete with what had to be 50 cars. As I crossed a couple of the ski trails, I only saw a couple skiers:
Can you see them?
Another neat part of this trail is the access to several forest shelters, all of which were occupied, with a fire going, when I came through. Unfortunately, at some point my camera froze, leaving me with this picture of the Parnell Shelter:
Overall, I covered the Northern 16 miles of the trail in 2:58. I felt great the whole time and really seemed to hit the nutrition spot on. I felt like I could have gone forever on Saturday.
I came home raving so much about the run and the condition of the trail that Ellie was talked into going back out there today to get some miles in before I eat too much food tonight during the game. The thermometer read 43 degrees today (!) but didn't account for the 25 mph wind. It was a bad idea to wear shorts, but I enjoyed myself, nonetheless. Another 4 miles today brought up my mileage to 39 for the week. Not bad! Next week I'm aiming for 50.