First off, big thanks to my wife for supporting me through this training process leading up to the run. With small children and me working full time, she carried most of the work in making everyone’s life run smoothly during this time. She is the true Champ!
This trail was exactly what I needed! This was my second time running this yo-yo style and couldn’t have asked for a better experience. The weather was sitting in the high 50’s for most of the run with it being just a little cooler at night. Sun was shining and no rain was encountered. The trail was mostly dry and just as I remembered from the previous year. However some storms did a number on parts of the trail over the winter, especially between mosquito beach and chapel beach section with trees broke off and covering the path. This made for some slow going.
The first time I went, I chose not to do the log slide, however this time I made my way back over there after running and resting to cross this off my list. Talk about a leg burner.
I have fallen in love with the area up there and without a doubt be back again!
Congratulations James! I'm glad to see you set a new FKT and it is great to read your trip report. It is very impressive that you took on this challenge with small children at home and so great that your wife and kids were so supportive. Also impressive that you added on miles with the scenic stop at Sand point. Wow! Congratulations! What was your fueling and hydration strategy like? I"m hoping to take a shot at this soon. Thanks for raising the bar on this incredible route and sharing any insights!