Saturday morning I got up and ran a little before we got on the road. I was worried how far I would be able to go at Bear and didn't want to miss my mileage. We got to the Anthony Wayne "Aid Station" and headed onto the trail. Only a few minutes in and we were lost. After a couple miles we found our way to the correct trail and we were on our way. The trails were extremely rocky - jagged rocks and boulders were everywhere. While the terrain made you hop from place to place causing you to fatigue pretty quickly the fact you had to pay such close attention to your footing almost made you forget that you were exhausted…almost.
Once I arrived at the car (after running around the parking lot like a squirrel for a bit making sure I hit my mileage) and tore my shoes off. Ahhhhhhhh. Honestly, every single part of my body was in pain. You name it, it hurt. I couldn't keep my eyes open for the ride back to the hotel. We got back, showered, and immediately found an Italian restaurant to eat some pasta at. I NEVER eat pasta…today was the exception. We really enjoyed our dinner at Bella Luna Restaurant with some pasta, wine and dessert.
That night all I wanted to do was sleep but my body was on fire, lol. Sunday we got up and hit the trails bright and early. I wanted to see two spots before we went home. One spot where I had to climb hand over hand (I fear heights) and the last, and steepest climb, before the home stretch. We only got to the hand over hand climb and it was not as bad as I thought it would be. I figured, the last steep climb will be there regardless and we were ready to get home.
See ya in a few weeks Bear Mountain!