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Chris Benfield ran: Got intererested in t...
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- 81 miles
- 18:55 time
- 13:57 pace
- 0 calories
Got intererested in trying to add distance to a challenge I already had done & did the best time on.Decided to run the whole Grand Loop interconnecting to all the main trail heads of the Linville Gorge & the major peaks in the gorge as well as the Ridge To Bridge Marathon & coming down to finish up in Catawba River Greenway In Morganton a total of 81 miles.Awesome run started at 3:00 Am on friday at Linville Falls coming down into the Linville Gorge Trail I had to interconnect to some of my trails to pass the areas that you need a chainsaw & weedeater there just not passable till fall the trail needs repairs.Then went south to hit the Linville Mtn peak & Pinnacle on the western wall to cross the the river on the Mountain To Sea Trail over to connect to Faulkner Flats to Short Off Mtn Trail north along the Cliffs trails to Little Table Rock Mtn & Trail Up to Table Rock Mtn.Then up next is Hawks Bill Mtn,Sitting Bear Mtn,& Ginger Cake Mtn Along the Jonas Ridge Trail & out into Jonas Ridge to meet up with where the Ridge To Bridge Marathon is run in october down a old logging & gravel rd along the Wilson Creek area that end near Mortimer.I decided earlier that I would continue to make it to the Catawba River Greenway in Morganton so I contiued south on 2 lane rd till I came out on Hwy 18.Wasn't to much father to go till I ended up at the trail end of the greenway to end the adventure run with 81miles.Super run little tired but nothing hurt that a great thing taking off today.Had an amazing run saw so many mtn critters I could do a segment of animal planet even heard the cougars growling on the western cliffs above me & saw 2 bears coming across the trail & going back into the woods.Had to pepper stray several dogs pn the logging road & coming down to Morganton I had my running backpack stopped for supplies where I had stashed them on the trail got lucky none were stollen or eatteen by the critters.Had a tremendous amount of elevation gain & loss as well near 20,000 ft !!!