|Here they come|
Mindy, Lindsay and Sarah. I drank some coke with ice and ate chips and gummy bears. Eric and Ben, who had taken a different route met up with us here. Mary and Marie had headed back a little ealier. We took our time enjoying the spread and filling our water and then headed up the trail towards Horsetooth Rock. Justen joined us here after a smooth kid hand off with Kristel.
As expected, Mill Creek was the toughest trail of the day with long sections of ankle to shin deep snow most of the way down. We connected from Mill Creek to Howard and made the last big climb of the day up to the base of Arthur's Rock. I split from the group here and headed down the Arthur's Rock Trail to the valley while they went on to Timber and dropped down to the Lory entrance where they had started. There was a lot of ice at the bottom of the AR trail and I walked it very carefully. At the trailhead, I sat a bench for a few minutes to eat something, drink the last of my water and attempt to regroup enough to run the final three miles back to the car. While I was sitting, Alec, who we had seen and talked to briefly at the top of he AR trail, ran in and we talked for a few minutes and realized we were going to the same place and decided to run it in together. The run on the East Valley went by pretty quickly as Alec and I talked about past and upcoming runs and adventures. When I got back to the car, my watch said I had run nearly 26 miles with over 5000 feet of climbing and I had been out on the trail for 7 and a half hours. A perfect way to start spring break.