It was Easter morning and later in the day we would be hosting a brunch for my parents and and our best friends. I was still feeling the stiffness from Saturday's spring chores so I poured a cup of coffee to help the motivation and retreated to the closet to get dressed.
We talked about both the Bear Mountain race coming up in May and that we had both participated in the NJ Ultra Fest the weekend before. In both cases I was registered for the 50k and he for the 50 miles.
So as not to delay him any longer we reintroduced ourselves, shook hands and departed, he into the woods and me down the road.
As inspiring as it was to have coincidentally met another area local Ultra/Trail Runner I still felt somewhat shameful for having been running such a short route and on the road of all things!
Continuing my paltry road run I crossed the Moodna again and turned up Jackson Avenue to a two-tiered climb that peaks out at the most photographed vista in Orange County .
Under the Moodna Viaduct
The view from the intersection of Orrs Mills Road and Jackson Avenue is always worth admiring, it's especially breathtaking after running up the Jackson Avenue hill.
I made my final left hand turn of the morning and began a well earned descent that bottoms out under the viaduct just a half mile from home.
I push the effort up the final climb. I break up the climb by eying landmarks and driving past.
The road levels out and I lengthen my stride and push on to the finish. I cross the street at full gate and as I swerve into my driveway chest heaving.
I raise my hand to turn off the watch that I never paused when I stopped for the earlier chat. But it's OK. This morning's run wasn't about time or mileage but an unexpected meeting and the beauty of an Easter morning.