Matt Lowe pointed me to Riverside State Park for my long run, which is just outside of Spokane. The park runs along the Spokane river on both banks. After a little back and forth guessing on a good starting point I found the ranger station. Both rangers at the ranger station had no idea trail lengths and furthermore even wehre the unpaved trails were. Luckily the trails were litterally just behind the ranger station not a half mile away and their lengths were impressively long (I never ran out of trail). Maybe I just had bad luck, but later, while running, I'd ask two more people basic questions (where does this trail go, distance, etc...) about the trails, the trail they were actually on, to find they were fully clueless like the rangers. It finally sunk in that I was no longer in Boulder.
Despite the discouraging start with regards to recon, the run turned out to be unbelievably awesome.
|Delicious spring single track along the Spokane river|
|Shooting Star Flowers|
|Overlook. Ended up running through the fields/forest in this valley|
|Cool rock towers (columnar basalt?)|
|Deep Creek. The trail actually went across and up this cool gorge|
|Spring high water on the Spokane|
|Cool wooden bridge|
|The mighty Spokane|
|The turnaround point on my last western long run this year!|
|Perfect. On the way home.|
I was really hitting the wall the last 10K with my stride constricting, my hamstrings threatining to cramp and some serious dehydration kicking in as well. In the end I ran 27.4 miles with 2,600ft of climbing in 3:45.
An awesome day on the trails.