What do four Ironmen and an Ultrawoman do for fun on a hot summer day? A four hour run along the new Vancouver Island Trail starting at China Creek Dryland Log Sort to Dave’s house.
Here we are, our first stop partway up our first climb - where we begin to see the view. From L to right are: Iron-quad Rod, Dave G., Dave P., me, and Russ. (Most of the guys in Port Alberni seem to be named either Dave or Rod, not sure why). Jaz is walking behind; Xhosa has exited the frame, and Tank didn't come because he has a sore leg. (Photo by Jackie).
Start of run overlooking the Alberni Inlet, on the south slope of Copper Mountain.
The posted map of our run, triangles (red) for 'very demanding' and squares (orange) for 'demanding' so no cruising today!
We outran a tug!
some bits are steep
Lots of down...
...and lots of climbing right back up again.
Stopping for a very quick break at a pebble beach (Dave notes: it is called Camp Wiseman). Note how all the boys are all sitting, and all the girls (including me) are standing.
One of the custom bridges made from nearby trees
All together, we were out there for nearly 4 hrs. The GPS-geeks watches registered us travelling about 15 km. We probably did slightly more than that, since the watches wouldn’t have read very well under the forest cover – but not a lot more. So, “running” with an average speed of about 4 km/h gives you a bit of an idea of how challenging the terrain was.
We ran straight to Dave’s house, where we were met by friends and loved ones for a great luncheon on the back deck in the sun, enjoying the pool, hot tub, and a few beers. What a great day! (FYI, here is an elevation profile of our route, thanks to Judy Carlson of the Alberni Valley Outdoor Club – AVOC).
And let me tell you, those beers tasted good! What a day!