|We ran into lots of Godiva folks in the parking lot|
We are supposed to be tapering for the Detroit Marathon next Sunday, so we decided to do an "easy" run yesterday. We had not been on Loblolly trail in a very long time, so we drove up the Harrison entrance at Umstead. I brought my camera to stop and take pictures, and make a relaxing run out of it.
So here is a photo tour of about 4 miles of the Loblolly trail.
|A group of shirtless vagrants camped out in the park. So young, what a shame. |
They are are so skinny they must be starving.
|Bob Nelson. Race director of the Umstead Marathon, best race anywhere. |
Also the mad creator of our Blue Ridge Relay team.
|Start of Loblolly trail in Umstead.|
|And we are off! Trail starts off very smoth and easy. |
You cross a paved road in about a quarter mile.
|The first big bridge|
|One of the many streams that wind through Umstead|
|Loblolly is marked with blue square blazes|
|Another big bridge|
|Loblolly has lots of roots. Watch your step|
|I used to think these were mile markers, but they are only .75 miles apart.|
Maybe they are supposed to be kilometer markers?
|Crossing Reedy Creek B&B trail|
|Beautiful little pond hidden in the woods|
|Turtles warming themselves in the pnd|
|One of the few rocky sections|
|Shannon cruising the downhill.|
|You are here|
|Next we cross South Turkey Creek|
|The #3 marker, about 2.5 miles out.|
|Here we leave Umstead and Loblolly continues on the Raleigh trail system|
|This locked, barbed wire gate might seem to be the end, but it's not.|
Just hop over it
|Or squeeze around it|
|Notice the left turn sign. Shannon did not.|
|Here is a small lake and some wide open fields.|
It is our little secret spot to bring the dogs so they can swim and run around.
Don't tell anyone
|Another fence with barbed wire.|
|Just climb under|
|You will see a wide variety of fake wildlife|
|Climbing the steps to Reedy Creek Road|
|When you get to the road turn right down the green way.|
There is no sign. Then make a left across the road
|And into Shank Forest, at about 3.5 miles|
Here we got hungry, thirsty and tired and turned around and went home. Maybe someday I'll make it the whole way.
This was less than 8 miles and took over an hour and a half, about 12 min miles. It felt excruciatingly hard. Not a good sign for the marathon.