Monday, March 22, 2010

A River Runs Through It

With the temperature predicted to hit 70 degrees on Saturday I headed 30 minutes north to Bradley Palmer State Park to meet Emily and Rob for a long trail run. The swollen Ipswich River had receded enough to allow passage along Route One near the Topsfield Fairgrounds but the entrance road to our usual meeting spot was still under water and closed to traffic. We decided to meet at a nearby footbridge but that too was unreachable due to the high and fast-flowing river. We finally found some dry ground near the Pingree School entrance and prepared for fun times.

Our plan was to run the GAC Fat Ass 10K course and get in 18-20 miles. Things didn’t go exactly as planned and we made several detours onto other trails, sometimes unintentionally. There were two areas near the Ipswich River that were still underwater but running through the cool water was refreshing as the temperature increased as the morning progressed. Emily had Sunday plans for a run on the 7 Sisters course so she called it a day around 10-11 miles. Rob and I went on to run a little shy of 18 but not before he went for a dip in the river. It was a super day and a great time to be running with friends.

Fun stuff, another trail underwater.

Squish, squish, squish

It wasn't always fun though. Some of the trails were dry.

"Dan, are we really going to cross over to the other side?"

Taking a break to play in the river.

Later gator...


  1. The videos don't work. You have them set on private, so I can't even see them on youtube even though I am subscribed to your account. Your videos are just a big tease, and that makes me sad.

  2. Oops! Sorry about that. The videos should be viewable now Steve.

  3. Lot's of stream crossings good fun - great action shot blog header

  4. Looks like a lot of fun. I have no idea how you guys run 10 miles one day, 18 the next! V impressed!

  5. Ana, it's because we run so slow :-)

  6. Dan, what happened to the mud wrestling video? just kidding. That was a bunch of fun out there...much more muddy bloody fun than the sisters! It was hot that day so the water crossings were so refreshing! Thanks for the excellent post.

  7. Wow, note to self, I need to work on the guns before I start throwing on the 'gun show' tank top :-). That was a great day, 17 miles worth every last drop!


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