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Peace and Good Tidings ... and a Lot of White Stuff

Posted Jul 15 2011 12:46am
"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of autumn."
- John Muir

In my mind, the Tahoe Rim Trail looks like this

Largely thanks to warm memories of pacing Gretchen there last summer , on a day and night when I absolutely fell in love with the course, and knew it was one that I had to try for myself someday.

In reality, the trail looks more like this

As seen in a photo that was included in a pre-race e-mail sent to all participants on Tuesday night. Good golly.

It’s probably not quite as bad as it looks, as the memo states that the snow cover is only on 10% of the course. On the other hand, since it’s a double-loop course, I’m not certain if that actually means 20% of the mileage … and at this point, I’m kind of afraid to ask.

Whatever the case, the event promises to be a grand adventure. I don’t have any specific goals for this race other than to make it to the finish line with my body and my moccasins intact. Aside from that, I’m primarily seeking good tidings from the mountain, peace from nature, freshness from the wind and sunshine through the trees. (I wouldn’t mind missing out on the storms of energy, though).  If all those things fall into place, I’m absolutely certain that I’ll be content and satisfied.

If you want to follow along, the race has a webcast page set up, but as of this writing there are no bib assignments (UPDATED: My bib number is 615) or any indication of how frequently the page will be updated.  I’ll post a brief announcement here as soon as possible once all is said and done ... but until that time, there’s really not much left to say.

The mountains are calling me again. It’s go time!

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