Saturday, November 10, 2007

Boston Store Night Run

Rather than wake up early for a run in the morning, my brother Jeff and I decided to head over to the Boston Store tonight for a trail run. As soon as we got out of the car we both noticed how much colder it seemed than the previous few nights, making Jeff wish that he had brought a hat and gloves with him. Fortunately he had a heavy sweatshirt with a hood to wear over top of a couple t-shirts.

Once we were ready to go, we decided to head south towards Pine Lane on the Buckeye Trail. It didn't take long before we were warmed up and comfortable. Along the way we saw a lot of eyes glowing back at us which is always neat. Deer are pretty crazy around this time of the year.

We continued on the trail towards Pine Lane until we reached this paved road which leads downhill to Lock 29. This is the last break in the trail until you reach the Pine Lane parking lot. Since we started our run kind of late tonight we decided to take this road rather than turnaround at Pine Lane. Once we got to the bottom of the hill we ran over to the Lock 29 parking lot and then took the Towpath back to the Boston Store. We picked up the pace some and it felt good to stride out a bit. On our way back to the car we stopped and checked out this sign at Lock 11. I'm not sure if I've ever seen this sign before, but it stands out from all the rest because it was done in color. It's actually pretty nice and almost looks like an artist painted it or something. The sign reads: "Lock 11, known as "Lonesome Lock," 1892. The lock is thought to have acquired its name because of its isolated location."

As we arrived back at the Boston Store we figured that since we stopped short of Pine Lane we probably ran somewhere between 6.5 and 7 miles since it's 8 miles roundtrip from the Boston Store to Pine Lane. Walking towards my car we were surprised to see 2 other cars parked next to mine. We thought maybe there were actually some other runners hitting the trail tonight besides us. That was until we noticed "I love you" painted on the back window of one of the cars. Must be high school students... Sure enough, within a couple minutes we saw a group of high schoolers walking towards us. My brother and I waited still until they got close and then we shined our headlamps on them. They were startled immediately and jumped backwards, which made us laugh.

On the drive back to my place, we noticed that the fog in the air was getting pretty thick and I was able to take this cool photo...

Warzone, California wildfires, or just lights by the Turnpike?


Mike said...

Nice run, I might have missed it, but is Jeff at Kent already?

I didn't know that road went down to Lock 29.

Brian said...

Yeah, I took Jeff back to Kent on Sunday..