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Gales Creek

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21 July 2012 An impromptu decision to spend the weekend at the coast (Susan) meant that we were scrambling for running ideas. We had planned to run a Bald Mountain/ Ramona Falls route that Ann had scoped out, so I started to look for something that was halfway between the coast and Portland. I would've driven back to the city if I had to-- there was no way I would get 20 miles in by myself at the coast.

I found a description of the Gales Creek route (PDF map here) in an old email newsletter from Portland Running Company. They started including a trail feature in each issue, so I've been saving them for just such an occasion.
Then I mapped it, and it turned out to be an hour and twenty minutes drive from where I was staying-- nearly as long as driving home to Portland!
Still, a new trail was alluring, so we went with it. Ann and I met at the trailhead, which was a little confusing as it's basically at a campground. We waited for Dana, who had gotten almost there, was cert…

Forest Park with Dad

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My sister got married this weekend, and of course my dad was in town. The wedding was in the afternoon which gave me a few hours to take him on a 10 miler in Forest Park. I didn't want to do anything too hilly, since 100 feet is a good hill around his house. We did one of our standard Thurman / Leif / Wildwood loops. He absolutely loved it and totally understood why Susan and I raved about Forest Park all the time. I wish he was staying in town longer so I could of taken him to the other end of the park, which is our favorite. But I have to save something for his next visit!








There are more like us

Susan sent this to me today: Wild Woman Marathon
If weren't already planning on running 26 a few days before this, I would be really tempted to run it. Maybe next year!

North Country Trail

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Last weekend I went to Michigan to visit my dad and family. My dad and I always run together when I come to visit, I told him this time I wanted to do a 20 mile trail run with him. He lives on Gun Lake which has quite a few good running trails around it, but I wasn't sure if there was 20 miles worth of trails. My dad said that we would be running on the North Country Trail.


I had never heard of the North Country Trail, living in the Pacific Northwest I am very familiar with the Pacific Crest Trail and of course I know about the Appalachian Trail. The North Country Trail is the longest scenic trail in the US, running across 7 states, totaling over 4,600 miles.

The plan was to drop the car off 20 miles down the trail from the house and run home. Michigan like a lot of the country is having a very hot summer, while Oregon isn't and I wasn't quite acclimated to the heat, so we decided to shorten the run to 14 miles. We started the run in Middleville, the first 3.7 miles were o…

Post 24 miler

Do normal people sign-up for a 50k only 6 weeks from the race date? Well for some reason after our 24 mile run this weekend we thought it would be a good idea. We are now officially signed up for PCT Buncker to Bonneville!