I was pretty excited last Friday; Saturday morning gave me a great opportunity to get in a trail adventure before family events later in the morning. I jumped online Friday night trying to determine where I was going to run. One of my typical running locations? Maybe try a new location?
I decided to hit a new trail/summit that I have yet to attempt. I did a whole bunch of research to make sure I knew where I was going and the best route to the trailhead. Turns out the mountain is about 50 miles northeast of us and has a long section of dirt roads that you have to drive on to get to the trailhead. A few of the websites I visited had me concerned as it talked about these dirt roads being pretty rough and treacherous while also being in an area that sees little traffic. I felt a bit better when I read a user comment that they made it just fine in a minivan….we have our truck so I was pretty sure I would be ok since the minivan made the trip.
I woke up early on Saturday, grabbed all my gear, and headed on my way. I had about 40 min of road/highway driving before I reached the dirt roads leading to the trailhead. This is where the trail run fail begins. I had no idea how long I was going to be on this dirt road. The websites I read said I would be on the dirt road anywhere from 1 hour to 2 hours, but I figured I would make quick work of this road and hit the trail without much delay. Boy was I wrong! First, there were a lot of sections that were pretty rough where I was driving about 5 miles per hour. I could’ve gone faster but I’m sure the suspension on the truck would not have appreciated that. Second, I got stuck behind a couple different vehicles that were on a Saturday stroll which again had me driving around 5 miles per hour. Third, this was just a really long dirt road lol. I cleared the trip counter on my dash and the dirt road was about 20 miles of slow driving, I honestly think I could’ve gotten out and ran faster than I was driving lol.
So in conclusion, I didn’t get my run in and I was pretty mad about that. This trip turned into a 4 hour scenic drive with no running/hiking….Boooooo! Don’t get me wrong, the area is gorgeous and there were plenty of scenic pictures to take but I was looking forward to hitting the summit. The good thing is that now I know where the trailhead is, exactly how to get there, and just how long it will take. Best part was coming home and telling Mrs. Schlub all about my adventure; she pretty much laughed at me and told me I was a fool for not turning around after an hour on that road LOL. Oh well, until next time!!
Have you ever had a run fail where you had things all planned out but those plans were a complete disaster?
You do you regularly try new running locations or stick to your well known running routes??